ERIC Number: ED343251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
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Inequalities in Pennsylvania School Finance.
Walters, Donald L.
Findings from a study that determined the degree of difference that exists in educational expenditures per pupil in Pennsylvania public school districts are presented. Specifically, the study compared districts with the highest and lowest expenditures and suburban with urban districts on the basis of expenditures, enrollment, revenue, wealth, local tax effort, and location. Financial and enrollment data were extracted from reports compiled and issued in February 1991 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Findings indicate that the differences are more pronounced between the largely suburban and rural schools than between a wealthy suburban area and its urban neighbor. The differences support the conclusion that inequalities exist in Pennsylvania school district financing. Reliance on the local property tax for revenue contributes to the unequal distribution of resources for education. However, unequal expenditures do not necessarily mean educational inequities; differences in terms of a value system or set of priorities must be assessed. Five tables and one figure are included. The names of the school districts in the top 25 of expenditures and in the bottom 25 are listed. (14 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Educational Research Association (Philadelphia, PA, February 27-28, 1992).