ERIC Number: ED151982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
School Finance Reform in the Seventies: Achievements and Failures. Technical Analysis Paper.
Brown, Lawrence L., III; And Others
As a base for evaluating the need for further federal involvement in school finance, this study examines changes that have taken place in the distribution of resources within the states. It examines the effectiveness of school finance reform solely in terms of results--the resource levels made available in the school districts of a state and the relation between resources and local wealth. The section dealing with the changes in disparity is organized around three questions: What changes have taken place between 1970 and 1975 in overall disparities in the states? What kinds of districts have gained and lost from those changes? What are the costs of further equalization? The section discussing the reform states summarizes the results in all twenty states and then discusses the characteristics of the reforms in each state. Although reform efforts appear to have been swimming against a national tide of increasing disparity, most of the states in which disparities showed substantial increases were nonreform states, most of the states in which disparities were substantially reduced were reform, and most of the states in which resources to low-wealth and urban districts decreased were nonreform. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.; Killalea Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Note: Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document; Tables contain very small print