ERIC Number: ED179643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
School Finance Reform: The Case for Urban Schools.
Gifford, Bernard R.
The Levittown v Nyquist court case is bound to have serious repercussions for New York State. In dispute is the legality of the State's system for financing elementary and secondary education. The case was initiated in 1974 by Levittown and 24 other suburban and rural school districts who claimed to be unable to generate an adequate level of local revenue. The plaintiffs assert that the State formula for aid to schools does not compensate for uneven distribution of wealth. After the suit was filed, the school boards of the State's four largest cities, New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, entered the lawsuit as intervenors, charging that the State's distribution formula does not provide equal education to all because it ignores educational problems unique to urbank localities. The intervenors assert that by measuring local capacity to support public education solely in terms of "property value per pupil in attendance," the State formula treats large cities as "wealthy" and less deserving of aid. They argue that in fact, city districts do not have adequate resources for their public education programs. This is the first lawsuit to call for a redress of alleged inequalities in distribution schemes that result in reduced aid for large urban school districts. Whatever the outcome of the court case, politics will play a major role in the process of State financial reform. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Levittown v Nyquist; New York
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March, 1978)