ERIC Number: ED123753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Analytical Tools in School Finance Reform.
Johns, R. L.
This paper discusses the problem of analyzing variations in the educational opportunities provided by different school districts and describes how to assess the impact of school finance alternatives through use of various analytical tools. The author first examines relatively simple analytical methods, including calculation of per-pupil expenditures for different types of pupils and educational programs, calculation of the rank order correlation between school district wealth per puPil and per-pupil expenditure, and calculation of local tax effort compared to equalized property valuation per weighted pupil. Also described are more sophisticated analytical tools, including computation of a school district's fiscal neutrality score, computation of a Lorenz curve relating district wealth and per-pupil expenditure, computation of a coefficient of variation in expenditure per pupil among different school districts, computation of national, state, and local profiles of expenditure per classroom unit, computation of relative tax progressivity, comparison of changes in educational demand relative to changes in household income, and use of computer simulation models for testing alternative school finance proposals. (JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Conference (19th, Nashville, Tennessee, March 14-16, 1976); Best copy available