ERIC Number: ED149477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
The Public Policy Context of Education Finance.
Kelly, James A.
The intent of these comments is to discuss the increasingly fragmented and conflictive politics of school finance in the context of the broader domains of public finance and public policy, and to comment on differences that have emerged between two groups interested in fairer school financing programs. The sources of conflict are in the struggle between local education agencies and local governments for money; the shrinking proportion of citizens willing to tax themselves for education; the division between teachers and parents; the increasing involvement of courts, legislatures, and governors in education; the persistent cleavage between urban, suburban, and rural interests; and the special interests behind categorical funding. Furthermore, the traditional school finance community (school administrators, state department of education finance specialists, and school finance professors at state universities) and reformers (law professors, economists, political scientists, and legislators, as well as education practitioners) are differing, in technique, political strategy, and style as much as in goals. The present climate of misunderstanding and suspicion can be overcome only if both sides prove willing to talk meaningfully with each other. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Conflict, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Finance Reform, Political Influences, Politics, Public Policy
Not available separately--see EA 010 293
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Midwest Administration Center.
Note: Chapter 5 of "Dilemmas in School Finance" (EA 010 293); For related documents, see EA 010 293-299 and ED 137 916