ERIC Number: ED238997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Dissemination of School Finance Services in Urban School Districts. Final Report.
Goertz, Margaret E.
The project described in this paper was designed to test specific ways of improving the dissemination of school finance information in two big city school districts (St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri), in order to enable them to compete more effectively for State aid. Part I presents the political and fiscal environment in which Kansas City and St. Louis lobby for increased State education aid. Part II contains the project history: a chronology of collaborative activities carried on by two cities and by the Education Policy Research Institute, and an overview of the products that emerged from their collaboration. Part III assesses the impact of the project on changing the capacity of the two school districts to lobby more successfully for State school aid and on their ability to work more collaboratively with each other and with other school districts on this issue. Part IV outlines the components of an urban educator's handbook on state school finance policy processes. Attached to the report are (1) a 26-page paper on the Missouri School Finance Formula; (2) a dissemination conference outline; (3) information on Missouri's general data file layout; (4) an overview of and sample output from the School Finance Equalization Management System (SFEMS); (5) tables of contents for SFEMS manuals, and a training agenda; and (6) a 22-page paper on measuring school districts fiscal capacity. (CMG)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Services, Fiscal Capacity, Information Dissemination, Interdistrict Policies, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation, Social Influences, State Aid, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Education Policy Research Institute.
Identifiers: Missouri; School Finance Equalization Management System
Note: Figure I-7 will not reproduce well; some other tables are in small print.