ERIC Number: ED218726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Proposal for the Distribution of Federal Block Grant Funds in Illinois.
Hickrod, G. Alan; And Others
It is proposed that federal block grants to Illinois be distributed to school districts according to four characteristics of those districts. Funds will be distributed inversely proportional to property valuation per pupil, directly proportional to percentage of minority children, directly proportional to percentage of poverty children (Title I eligibles), and indirectly proportional to number of children per square mile. A statistical system of weighting is provided to allocate the available pool of federal block grant funds between these four selected district characteristics. The system is based upon the relative power of these four factors to predict operating expenditure per pupil. A computer simulation of the proposed grant was accomplished and some aspects of the impact of the proposed grant are explored. Finally, a short summary outlines both the strengths and the weaknesses of the proposed new distribution method. The proposal assumes that reductions in federal funding should be borne more by the affluent than by the poor. (Author)
Descriptors: Assessed Valuation, Block Grants, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Federal Aid, Finance Reform, Institutional Characteristics, Minority Group Children, Models, Population Distribution, Predictor Variables, Resource Allocation, School Districts
Publications, Center for the Study of Educational Finance, College of Education, Illinois State University, 331 DeGarmo Hall, Normal, IL 61761 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Center for the Study of Educational Finance.
Identifiers: Illinois; School District Wealth; Weighted Variables