ERIC Number: ED337907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
"Abbott v. Burke" vs. New Jersey: Policy, Politics and Political Economy.
Bader, Beth D.
Local funding and the resultant limited access to quality programs have created disparities in school funding because of disparities in local wealth. Two issues that control policies of New Jersey's school finance are addressed in this paper. The first is the behavior of government, specifically the responses of elected officials and bureaucrats to judicial directives, in the context of political economy. The second issue is the interaction of state economic environment and educational finance policymaking, particularly in a time of economic downturn and scarce resources. In the context of these two issues, the paper narrows the discussion of complex education finance issues to New Jersey's "Abbott v. Burke" case and the legislative response--the Quality Education Act (QEA). Attention is given to the constructs in political economic thought that may be applied to an analysis of the environment within which the discussion of educational finance takes place. The case study of New Jersey's "Abbott v. Burke" decision and the QEA elaborates on the background, history, decision, special needs districts, government response, and economic factors. In conclusion, a synthesis of the political economy constructs is provided in order to frame the case in the wider political issues. (22 references) (RR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).