ERIC Number: ED455609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Private Funding of Public Schools: Local Education Foundations in Michigan. Working Paper Series.
Addonizio, Michael F.
This study examines the organization and operations of local education foundations in Michigan and the fiscal programmatic impact of nonprofit education foundations on Michigan public schools. It also compares the socioeconomic characteristics of foundation and nonfoundation districts and tests the hypothesis that residents of local districts with education foundations differ from residents of nonfoundation districts in terms of preferences for public schooling. Section 1 summarizes national trends in K-12 public school spending. Section 2 summarizes recent trends in Michigan, including the state's fundamental reforms in 1994. Section 3 discusses the rise of local education foundations in Michigan. This section outlines key findings from a survey of local education foundations and local district superintendents and compares foundation and nonfoundation districts on selected socioeconomic and educational variables. Section 4 presents a model of local education demand to test for behavioral differences between residents in foundation and nonfoundation districts, along with data for estimation of the model. Section 5 present empirical results. Section 6 includes a summary and a conclusion, based on the findings of the study, that the rise of local education foundations in Michigan has not measurably negated the state's efforts to reduce interdistrict disparities through the reform of public funding mechanisms. The author cautions, however, that the results could change as the state funding reform continues to constrain per-pupil revenue growth in historically high-spending and high-income districts and such districts seek additional revenue from nontraditional sources. (PKP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Local Education Funds; Median Voter Model; Michigan; Spending Patterns
Note: Supported by the Bertelsmann Science Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, McGregor Fund, and others. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 1997 Annual Conference of the American Education Finance Association held in Jacksonville on March 5-8.