ERIC Number: ED387903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Strategies for Linking School Finance and Students' Opportunity To Learn.
This report answers questions that the Governors' Task Force on Education raised in their 1993 report "The Debate on Opportunity-to-Learn Standards." To assist states as they contemplate how to link school finance with the goals of education reform, the National Governors' Association invited six experts on various aspects of school finance and reform to write essays for the Governors and their advisors. The essays cover a range of topics, addressing the linkages between school finance and the state's role in providing all students with access to a quality education program. The topics include relating inequities to student achievement; expanding categorical programs; targeting expenditures to improve teacher expertise; devolving funding and curriculum choices to local school sites; and focusing accountability efforts on teaching and learning. They offer a range of strategies that link changes in the way funding is distributed and spent to improved student achievement. Following the preface, acknowledgements, and introduction, the essays are as follows: (1) "A Focus on Resources and Student Achievement" (Robert Berne); (2) "Providing Opportunity to Learn Through Compensatory Aid" (William H. Clune); (3) "The Role of Teacher Expertise and Experience in Students' Opportunity to Learn" (Linda Darling-Hammond); (4) "School-Based Financing and Opportunity to Learn" (Allan R. Odden); (5) "Creating Equity of Opportunity Through School Choice and Charter Schools" (Jeanne Allen); and (6) "Guaranteeing Good Instruction" (Andrew C. Porter). Each essay contains references. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Categorical Aid, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Resource Allocation, School Based Management, School Choice, State Standards, Statewide Planning
National Governors' Association, 444 North Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20001-1512.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Policy Research.