ERIC Number: ED332330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Long March to Educational Inequality in Illinois: Financial Facts for "The Committee versus Edgar." MacArthur-Spencer Series Number 18.
Hickrod, G. Alan; And Others
The equity of public school funding in Illinois is investigated in this report. A longitudinal, cartographic methodology examines the county as the unit of analysis for the school years 1972-73 through 1990-91. Findings indicate that Illinois school districts are currently more unequal than when the state equalization aid formula state was adopted in 1970. A dramatic reduction in inequalities 3 to 4 years after implementation show that the equity situation improves as the proportion of state dollars increases and the proportion of local district support decreases. Also, more districts' expenditures are dependent on district wealth. Causes contributing to financial disparities include: (1) the unequal economic development of various regions within the state; (2) the grant-in-aid system in effect until 1980; and (3) a reduction in state aid. Recommendations call for examining longitudinal records other than expenditures per student and balancing resources among districts. Appendix A contains seven tables, Appendix B includes seven cartographic figures, and Appendix C details the computation of the Gini coefficient. (18 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Center for the Study of Educational Finance.