ERIC Number: ED263691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
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Biblical Antecedents to Fiscal Equity: Policy Implications for Education.
Furst, Lyndon G.
Most arguments for fiscal equity in financing America's schools have been based on constitutional provisions and on the socio-political dogma that underlies a democratic society. This paper approaches the subject using as its theoretical basis a document even more basic to the founding of the republic than the Constitution--the Bible. Using the King James Version of the Bible as a data source, a conceptual analysis of both the Old and New Testaments is undertaken to indicate strong support for the concept of fiscal equity in the financial support of education in America. This Biblical support is not only for the general concept of equalization, but also for some of the current measures that have been suggested, and are in some cases being employed, to equalize wealth disparities within states. The two most common proposals for equalization in education, full state funding and district power equalizing, have conceptual support in the Bible. There is also a Biblical basis for recapture provisions that are currently not very popular on the political scene. (Author/TE)
Descriptors: Ancient History, Biblical Literature, Christianity, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equalization Aid, Finance Reform, Foundations of Education, Full State Funding, Government School Relationship, Judaism, Religion
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
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