ERIC Number: ED252916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Financing Excellence in Public Education. Focus 13.
"A Nation at Risk" and other recent reports have focused public attention on excellence in education. During the same period, the federal government has cut aid to education by almost 20 percent and consolidated federal funding into block grant programs, which some critics have claimed are less efficient than programs before consolidation. Tax reforms in 19 states limited growth of state spending or taxation between 1976 and 1981. Given this backdrop of taxpayer revolts and cuts in federal aid, the prognosis for financing the recommended educational reforms seems grim. Campaigns to raise voter consciousness have overcome voter resistance to raise school taxes in some areas. The Ohio 1983 election is a prime example; there, tax reforms that would have drastically cut education support were successfully defeated. A number of other states have mobilized support for education, but the trend is not uniform. Support for education has decreased in many states. Some educators question whether there is a direct correlation between spending and academic achievement. Others suggest that schools should be run like businesses for maximum savings. Some fear that the search for excellence has reduced the commitment to educational equity, while others argue for a radical restructuring of educational finance through tax credits or tuition vouchers. Perhaps the realization of America's declining position in world markets provides the best hope that the educational excellence movement will have a permanent impact on education. (MD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Block Grants, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Aid, Finance Reform, Futures (of Society), Government School Relationship, Minority Groups, Poverty, Private Schools, Property Taxes, Retrenchment, State Aid, Tax Credits, Tuition, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.