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ERIC Number: ED234512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-1
Reference Count: 0
The State Legislative Voting Process in Education. Issuegram 31.
A study examining factors influencing decisions state legislators make about school finance focuses on votes in Michigan, Missouri, and Washington. Each of these states passed major school finance reform legislation during the 1970's and used open legislative procedures in which individual legislators were free to vote their consciences. Relationships between indicators and votes were not similar across the states. The study found that no single factor determines voting behavior and that success in passing school finance legislation depends on three elements: the political culture, the issue being considered, and the day-to-day legislative context. Traditional education leaders are important in passing complex legislation and so are legislators with new ideas and new approaches. State political culture can contain the new ideas that legislators advance, so that shaping new approaches to the state's political dynamics is essential. A generalization is possible about the ways in which voting behavior differed among the three states. Votes on regulatory issues related to ideological factors; votes on distributive issues related to the size of the transfer to the legislative district. (MD)
Descriptors: Bulletins, Educational Finance, Elections, Elementary Secondary Education, Finance Reform, Legislators, Politics, State Government, State Legislation, State School District Relationship, Voting
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.