ERIC Number: ED298628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The State of State Education Finance--Emerging Themes and Collapsing Constraints.
Verstegen, Deborah A.; McGuire, C. Kent
New directions in federal educational policy in the 1980s have had clear and consistent implications for state education finance systems. This study reviews the financing arrangements that have emerged during the 1980s at the state level, discusses the costs of new legislative mandates and state programs, and assesses the extent to which federal programs associated with special populations have been taken over by the states and how these programs are funded. Data for the study were derived from U.S. investments in education during the past decade and reform expenditures by states, regions, and the nation, along with questionnaires sent to the finance directors in each state department of education. The following selected results of this data collection effort are reviewed: revenue sources for education from 1980 to the present; state financing of education excellence policies; state financing of special pupil populations; and current systems of revenue distribution across the United States. In addition, the climate of education in the current year is reviewed, and emerging themes and collapsing constraints in education finance policy are considered throughout. Extensive tables and charts are appended, and 62 references and notes are included. (TE)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Equalization Aid, Expenditure per Student, Expenditures, Federal Government, Finance Reform, Financial Support, Fiscal Capacity, Full State Funding, Government School Relationship, Politics of Education, Revenue Sharing, State Federal Aid
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).