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ERIC Number: ED307087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Finance, Facilities, and Equity: Emerging Concerns for the Future.
Thompson, David C.; And Others
Interest in general school finance reform escalated in the 1970s, with many court decisions ruling state educational finance systems unconstitutional because of extreme variations in local wealth. Many state systems of educational financing were realigned. While the remedies utilized generally served to placate reformers, a resurgence of challenges to finance schemes is becoming evident. The potential for lawsuits involving facility funding appears strong, with a growing concern that equality of opportunity may be affected by bricks and mortar. Research addressing the issues surrounding financing facilities in the state of Kansas examines the following: (1) determining the sources of concern and the associated legal issues; (2) assessing other states' handling of the issues; (3) ascertaining the dimensions and effects of the problem in Kansas; (4) determining whether the problem is generic to the state or just a rural-urban difference; and (5) establishing whether or not there is a connection between educational facilities and the quality of educational programs. The following are conclusions and recommendations for the state of Kansas: (1) adopt a mechanism for granting true aid for facility construction and maintenance; (2) adopt an aid formula similar to those in other states; (3) allow for a high level of state participation; (4) consider current local effort; (5) provide for continual local incentive and local control; (6) provide funding for existing debt reduction; (7) prioritize the needs statewide; (8) identify cost projections; and (9) establish two operational funds for assistance to local school districts, one for critical needs and one for long-range plans. The research suggests that there is a potential for state liability if court trends develop as indicated. Contains 30 references. (ALL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas