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ERIC Number: ED162401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Re: Equity in Public School Financing. Occasional Paper #6.
Jones, R. L.
School financing generally has five goals: (1) substantial equalization of educational opportunity throughout a state, (2) fiscal neutrality--educational quantity and quality should not be dependent on local wealth, (3) equitable taxation, (4) efficient use of school funds, and (5) preservation of local control of education. No state has attained all these goals. It seems logical that evaluation of a state's school finance program should start with an analysis of the variation among school districts in educational opportunities provided. The next step is to identify the causes of those variations, which are often related to variations in fiscal resources. Measuring a school finance program's features against a set of established criteria can indicate strong and weak points in the program. The impact of each of a program's features can be assessed only by the use of analytical tools, some simple and some sophisticated. This document concludes with a presentation of a few simple techniques for testing the equity of each of a school finance program's features from district to district in ways comprehensible to the layman and legislator. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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