ERIC Number: ED311097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Keeping Up with California: The Impact of Massachusetts' Proposition 2-1/2 on Local Children's Services [Chapter Three].
Kim, Karl E.
This analysis is the third of a series of seven reports on the ways that the urban fiscal crisis has affected children. There has been little reorganization of government services on the state, regional, or local level to compensate for the benefits to children lost as a result of local property tax limitations enacted under Proposition 2-1/2 in Massachusetts. Four case studies were developed based on interviews with key local officials and service providers in Arlington, Cambridge, Duxbury, and Springfield (Massachusetts) to illustrate the impact of Proposition 2-1/2 on local political processes and decision-making. The communities were chosen to represent differences in size, political organization, fiscal circumstances, and variety of children's services. Analysis indicates that the capacity to provide children's services was reduced not only by cutbacks, but by the accompanying decline in morale among public employees. Summary findings about the problem-solving process include the following: (1) public support was an important factor in Arlington and Cambridge where debate focused on quality of services; (2) the close interaction between public and private sectors in Duxbury represents a trend likely to increase in the future; (3) heterogeneous groups of teachers, parents and others combined to find common solutions in Cambridge; (4) focusing on the single issue of public safety obtained limited results in Springfield. A list of six references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Law.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; Massachusetts (Cambridge)