ERIC Number: ED210775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Relationship of Regional Economic Growth Patterns to Education Funding Alternatives. Selected Monographs in Educational Policy Research Number 1.
Demographic and economic growth in the sunbelt states has been interpreted by some as a threat to the northern frostbelt states. Consequently, many have argued for the revision of policies affecting the distribution of federal funds among states. This paper examines the merits of such an argument by looking at concrete economic and demographic data, including the results of the 1980 census. The author concludes that the sunbelt-frostbelt conflict is essentially a myth, resulting from misinterpretation of data, erroneous extrapolation of short-term trends, and confusion between relative and absolute changes. Recent studies have calculated state-by-state ratios of per capita federal spending to per capita federal tax collection, showing that frostbelt states pay more than they receive and vice versa for the sunbelt states. The author argues that such studies are misleading and suggests that a better bias in the distribution of federal funds is the regional share of federal transfers to states and local governments. He then explores alternatives in funding for three programs--vocational education, rehabilitation, and public library services--and concludes that elimination of income adjustments from federal formulas governing funds distribution would negatively affect educational opportunity. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Demography, Differences, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Equalization Aid, Federal Aid, Finance Reform, Low Income States, Regional Characteristics, School Support
Southeastern Regional Council for Educational Improvement Information/Dissemination Component, P.O. Box 12746, 200 Park Offices, Suite 111, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Council for Educational Improvement, Research Triangle Park, NC.
Identifiers: United States (Frostbelt); United States (Sunbelt)