ERIC Number: ED394081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-18
Reference Count: N/A
The State Aid to Education Formula Enacted by the 1995 Legislature. South Dakota Legislative Research Council Issue Memorandum 95-28.
The 1995 South Dakota State Legislature enacted a new state aid to education formula. This memorandum is designed to provide background information on the formula. The repeal of the formula in existence at the time and replacement with a different formula was the product of several factors. Some of those factors were: (1) the inclusion of a new state aid formula as part of the governor's property tax reduction proposal presented to the Legislature; (2) the notion that the formula in existence at the time rewarded school districts that were high-cost districts--and did not promote efficient use of school district financial resources--in fact, that formula was often correctly described as being "expenditure driven"; (3) the notion that the formula in existence at the time was complex and difficult to understand--which has been and is a criticism of most state aid formulas over time and around the country; and (4) a lack of confidence in the system of school finance in South Dakota--well illustrated by 1994's state aid lawsuit. There is one important distinction between the 1995 formulas and its predecessors; that distinction is the relationship between the formula and the state appropriation. The 1986 formula adjusted local effort to the amount appropriated by the Legislature. The new formula determines the amount that the Legislature should appropriate for distribution. Contains four tables. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Dakota Legislative Research Council, Pierre.
Identifiers: South Dakota