ERIC Number: ED165314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Fiscal Responses of School Districts. A Study of Two States--Colorado and Minnesota.
Vincent, Phillip E.; Adams, E. Kathleen
This study examines various factors that influence school district spending and spending from locally raised taxes in Colorado and Minnesota. The factors include the levels of state and federal aid; the nature of the state general aid formula; local fiscal characteristics including the average market value of residential housing, the percent of the property tax base that is residential, and average household income; and various social and demographic characteristics including district size in terms of number of pupils, pupil growth rate, and factors that may be associated with the costs of education inputs. The report is divided into four primary sections with more technical material on the statistical equations placed in an appendix. Section 1 introduces the major issues. Section 2 briefly describes the history of school finance reform efforts in the two states studied. Section 3 summarizes the results of the statistical analysis and suggests how the aid formulas and various fiscal and other variables may influence school districts. Section 4 discusses how the results of such studies may be used in designing new state aid formulas that take into account district average income levels and other factors in formulating more sophisticated school finance simulation models. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Equalization Aid, Finance Reform, Financial Policy, School Districts, State Aid, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Data, Tables (Data)
Education Finance Center, Education Commission of the States, Suite 300, 1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80295
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Dept. of Research and Information Services.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Minnesota