ERIC Number: ED369130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Embedding Participation in Educational Finance Strategy: New Representations.
Westbrook, Kathleen C.
A new approach to distributing educational resources is needed to continue public education. Under this new approach, investment does not rely on consumptive behaviors. Individualistic gain is not stressed at the expense of surrounding institutions, and participation, collaboration, and resource sharing dominate. The post-World War II era in the United States fostered consumption and cultural values of success and materialistic advancement. Illinois had worked under an educational model of additive and distributive consumption for many years. This model cause problems in the 1970s and 1980s as the economy slowed and fewer resources were available for schools. As educational needs have increased, state resources have decreased and local authorities have been given new responsibilities with little additional resources. These local resources are limited by property values that vary widely in the state and lead to inequities in educational funding. Also, as populations age, local communities are less willing to increase their burden for increased education spending. Under a new system, the definition of equity can no longer be the right to consume equally. Participation and collaboration must prevail over individualism. And students must be prepared for the age of information and technology. (Contains 7 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (Albuquerque, NM, March 1993).