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ERIC Number: ED330537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Financing Rural Education in the North Central Region: A Pilot Study in Illinois.
Lows, Raymond L.
School finance is basic to understanding and improving the condition of rural education. The purpose of this study was to: (1) determine the relationship between educational spending and component property wealth in the rural schools of Illinois; (2) examine potential trends in component property wealth in Illinois; and (3) identify and facilitate the collection of related data bases in the other six states of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. The study proposed a multidimensional definition of rural education based on five criteria for use with large computer-readable data bases. Comparative analysis of rural, urban, and small nonrural school districts found that in rural school districts: (1) expenditures per pupil are lower; (2) mean family income is generally less; (3) assessed valuation per pupil is lowest; (4) the community is making a greater effort to provide an educational program, based on ratio of operating expenditures per pupil to median family income; (5) the best predictors of operating expenditures per pupil were agricultural and mineral property wealth per pupil and median family income; and (6) a greater proportion of property wealth associated with agricultural and mineral properties. Implications for policy decisions include using alternative methods for determining wealth in school aid formulas and resource equalization. The appendix presents in 12 data tables the summary information derived from the analysis. (KS)
Descriptors: Assessed Valuation, Comparative Analysis, Databases, Definitions, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Fiscal Capacity, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, School District Spending, School Taxes, Small Schools
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 295 Emroy, Elmhurst, IL 60126 (Order Number RUR-903, $2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Elmhurst, IL.