ERIC Number: ED357509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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The State of New York School Finance 1993: Equity and Efficiency at the Crossroads.
Crampton, Faith E.
This paper examines the complex web of state basic and categorical aid programs in New York, with particular attention to the components of basic aid. State aid to elementary-secondary education in New York is distributed through a four-point basic-aid program and over 30 categorical programs. The first part of the paper describes the components and accompanying formulas for the basic aid program--operating aid, growth aid, supplemental support, and high tax aid. The next part summarizes the major categorical programs. A conclusion is that the state-aid system is inequitable and inefficient. A close examination reveals a system of funding riddled with guarantees and safety hatches that protect affluent school districts and distort equity costs. A major source of erosion in the equity of basic aid lies in computation of the combined-wealth ratio. The recommendation is made to streamline the basic and categorical grants-in-aid programs, which consist of an unnecessary supplemental-support aid program and an overly complicated high tax-aid program. One figure and two tables are included. (Contains 11 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: New York