ERIC Number: ED254952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Proposed Resource Cost Model Grant-in-Aid System in Illinois: Equity Considerations and Other Observations.
Hickrod, G. Alan; Chaudhari, Ramesh B.
This paper evaluates the equity dimensions of a grant-in-aid system based on the Resource Cost Model (RCM), as proposed by the Illinois State Board of Education. The first section is an independent evaluation of the conceptual and legal aspects of the RCM, focusing on both the weaknesses and the strengths of the model. In the second section, an initial empirical investigation of the RMC distribution is described. The third section addresses the central purpose of the study: the conduct of the equity tests. In addition, reasons are provided for the abandonment of the older dispersion tests as not appropriate with the RCM model. In the fourth section, contrasts are drawn between the RCM and other reform proposals currently within the Illinois General Assembly. The conclusion suggests that if the RCM were funded at the levels indicated by the board's proposal, progress would be made toward equity goals. Nine illustrative tables are provided to complement the text, and an appendix offers the rationale for the reforms, as cited by the Governor of Illinois and the State Superintendent of Education respectively. (TE)
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Elementary Secondary Education, Equalization Aid, Finance Reform, Foundation Programs, Grants, Models, Resource Allocation, School Funds, School Support, State Aid, State Boards of Education, State Legislation, State Programs, State School District Relationship, Tax Allocation
Publication Sales, Center for the Study of Educational Finance, Illinois State University at Normal, 331 DeGarmo Hall, Normal, IL 61761 ($2.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Graduate School.; Illinois School Problems Commission, Springfield.; Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Center for the Study of Educational Finance.
Identifiers: Illinois; Illinois State Board of Education; Resource Cost Model