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ERIC Number: ED055666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct-12
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Education's Rigged Lottery.
Marland, S. P., Jr.
The need for reform in school financing is crucial and urgent. The regressive and anachronistic practice of financing schools through local property taxes perpetuates inequities detrimental to students and unfair to parents and taxpayers. Although it is the students in the inner cities that require special, more costly educational approaches, cities have an average of 30 percent less money per capita available from local taxes than do their suburbs. This is despite the fact that city property owners are taxed 40 percent more heavily than suburbanites. During the last 10 years, public education costs have more than doubled to nearly $40 billion in 1970. The same financial difficulties beset the nonpublic schools, forcing Catholic schools to close at the rate of one per day, and increasing the public school burden. The defeat of all but 48 percent of the school bond issues presented to the nation last year suggests a growing rejection of our taxing system. A Presidential Commission is analyzing the school financing situation and suggesting appropriate new directions. This example should be followed on the state and local levels. (Author/AJ)
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Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of the Commissioner of Education.
Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association of State Boards of Education, Atlanta, Georgia, October 12, 1971