ERIC Number: ED337918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
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State Reform in Action: Impact on Four School Districts in South Carolina.
Flanigan, J. L.; Richardson, M. D.
Much effort has been made to fund South Carolina's public elementary and secondary schools to meet minimum standards. The legislative purpose is to achieve adequacy, equality, and accountability. A view of the finance reform is provided in two parts. Part 1 offers a historical perspective of South Carolina's financial structure. The paper describes the methods of financing through pre-1978 state aid, the Education Finance Act (1978), the Education Improvement Act (1984), and Target 2000--School Reform for the Next Decade (1989). The issue of education equality is examined with respect to significant court cases that have influenced state school finance provisions. South Carolina's ability to provide an adequately funded public education system is detailed. Disparities between South Carolina and the U.S. average revenues and other related data are depicted in tables. Part 2 examines four school districts over the past 5 years to determine the effect the legislature has had on the financing of these districts. The districts are Greenville County, Marion, Anderson, and Spartanburg. Following a brief overview of each district, a table details demographic and finance statistics, comparing 1982-83 facts with 1988-89 facts. It is concluded that the factors that affect the funding level of South Carolina's public elementary and secondary school districts should be reexamined. (19 references) (RR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (45th, Fargo, ND, August 11-16, 1991).