ERIC Number: ED131554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Cost of Neglect, the Value of Equity. A Guidebook for School Finance Reform in the South.
This booklet examines the problems involved in financing public education in the United States, discusses the inequities of present finance systems, describes possible changes, and suggests alternatives for constructive solutions. The author first describes present school finance systems, with special emphasis on the southern states. She then points out the inequities of present finance systems and discusses recent court cases involving school finance equity. Several alternative designs for more equitable school finance systems are described, and guidelines to follow in choosing among those alternative designs are suggested. Finally, the author briefly examines recent school finance reforms adopted in various states, again with special attention to the southern states. The appendix summarizes state constitutional requirements affecting school finance in the southern states, presents a variety of school finance data for the southern states, and lists a number of university-based research groups and other agencies in the South that can provide useful information and assistance to citizens interested in school finance reform. (Author/JG)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Equalization Aid, Finance Reform, Program Descriptions, Resource Allocation, State Aid, State Legislation, State Programs, Tables (Data), Tax Effort
Southern Regional Council, Inc., 52 Fairlie Street N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303 ($1.25, quantity discounts)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Council, Atlanta, GA.