ERIC Number: ED355657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Report of the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight Relative to Massachusetts' Financial Commitment to Public Education in the Eighties: A Multi-State Comparative Study. Senate No. 2080.
Massachusetts State Legislature, Boston. Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight.
During the 1980s, Massachusetts' public commitment to increase educational funding was not carried through. To determine state educational funding for the decade, the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight compared Massachusetts with nine other comparable states in expenditures per pupil, expenditures per capita, and expenditures per $1,000 of personal income. The comparison states included California, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Massachusetts' rate of increase in per pupil expenditures was one of the smallest among the comparison states and just below the national average. This occurred despite two major state educational reform initiatives in 1985 and 1987. The state also dropped from sixth to ninth among the comparison states in per capita spending and fell below the national average in expenditures per $1,000 of personal income. During the first half of the decade, Massachusetts student enrollment declined, lessening the state's education financial burden. However, demographic information forecasts growth in the lower grades. The study looked at three measures of the state's financial commitment to education: spending over time, spending compared to other states, and willingness to pay. For the state to maintain its economic leadership, it must make a full and expanded investment in education. (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Legislature, Boston. Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts