ERIC Number: ED051441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Federal Aid to Public Education: Who Benefits?
Berke, Joel S.; And Others
A summary report of an 18-month study of patterns of allocation of federal aid to education is presented. The scope of the study covers two areas: (1) The Fiscal Context of Urban Education, and (2) The Pattern of Allocation of Federal Aid to Education. The data, analyses, and conclusions of the report are presented in three chapters. Chapter I gives an overview of the study; Chapter II describes the urban fiscal context in which federal aid is operative; and Chapter III reviews the historical development of federal aid to education and sets forth the findings and conclusions as to the impact of federal aid. Major findings reported are: (1) in most urbanized areas, there is a crisis in educational finance, yet school districts in rural areas received more federal aid per pupil; (2) there was no compensatory relationship between federal aid and assessed property valuation; (3) because of the impact of Title I, districts with lower income and higher proportions of nonwhite pupils received more aid than those with lower proportions; (4) amounts of aid received varied markedly and erratically in individual school districts; (5) the failure to concentrate funds on most needy students has resulted in fragmented programs or new equipment; and (6) amounts of aid are too small in view of the existing problems. Three appendixes are included. These describe shortcomings in present information systems; give a more detailed description of methodology of the study; and present a series of statistical tables. (DB)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Federal Aid, Public Schools, Research Methodology, Resource Allocation, Statistical Analysis, Urban Schools
Superintendent of Documents, U. W. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. (GPO 58-549-0)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ. Research Corp., NY. Policy Inst.; Syracuse Univ., NY. Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Note: Committee Print printed for the use of the Select Committee on Equal Educational Opportunity, U.S. Senate, 92nd Congress, 1st Session