ERIC Number: ED173901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-4
Reference Count: 0
The Politics of School Finance Reform: State Referenda, State Legislation, and Federal Incentives.
Berke, Joel S.; And Others
This paper compares two methods of finance reform in public schools, state referenda and state legislation. Two research groups--Syracuse University and Columbia University--studied, respectively, seven states whose legislatures passed new school finance formulas and five states that defeated referenda that would have reduced or eliminated reliance on local property tax to finance education. The paper concludes that the adoption of a new school finance formula is more likely to be achieved through the legislative process than through a referendum. Factors contributing to the success of the legislative process were shown to be compromise, political leadership, and a healthy fiscal situation. Finally, the paper suggests that the federal role in finance reform cannot be dismissed. Some encouragement can be seen in the passing of Public Law 93-380, which provides for some funding of elementary and secondary education. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. for Educational Finance.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Washington, DC. Education Policy Research Inst.
Identifiers: Education Amendments 1974; State Initiatives; State Referenda
Note: Paper presented at the National School Finance Conference (18th, March 4, 1975)