ERIC Number: ED170898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-30
Reference Count: 0
Reform, Redistribution, and Relief for Massachusetts Public School Districts. Part I.
Zollo, Felix J., Jr.
This practicum report describes a step-by-step plan followed by the author and his employer, the Massachusetts Teachers' Association (MTA), to correct the fiscal disparities that existed in the Massachusetts school finance system and to provide property tax relief to Massachusetts taxpayers. The plan included assessing the existing Massachusetts school aid formula; studying the legislation of states that have reformed their school aid laws; meeting with MTA staff, legislators, and educational groups; developing a new school aid formula; simulating various amounts of state school aid; writing a new state school finance bill; studying the legislation of states that provide property tax relief to selected income groups; identifying groups in Massachusetts eligible for property tax relief; and writing a property tax relief bill (circuit-breaker). The author believes that the MTA school finance bill, if enacted, could withstand a Serrano-type constitutional challenge and that enactment of the MTA property tax relief bill would provide tax relief for low-income and fixed income citizens. Both MTA bills were filed with the Massachusetts Legislature on December 1, 1976. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Massachusetts Teachers Association
Note: Introductory Practicum submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the National Ed.D. Program for Educational Leaders, Nova University; Appendix C may be illegible