ERIC Number: ED397527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Developments in School Finance, 1995. Fiscal Proceedings from the Annual NCES State Data Conference, July 1995.
Fowler, William J., Jr., Ed.
Within the public elementary/secondary school systems of the United States there is tremendous diversity in educational funding provided by the federal government, states, and localities. An issue of intense interest to education policymakers is what influences the level and composition of state and local spending. This publication contains papers, presented at the annual National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) State Data Conference, that explored reasons why funding disparity among states persists. The papers share the theme that funding differences arise from differences in geographic location, economic ability, and relative position. These disparities will probably not be resolved quickly. The authors also share a pessimistic assessment of the future, predicting increasing student enrollments which will create more fiscal stress upon states and school systems with poor demographic and fiscal conditions Following the foreword and acknowledgments, the contents include: (1) "Introduction and Overview" (William J. Fowler, Jr.); (2) "Public School Teacher Cost Differences Across the United States: Introduction to a Teacher Cost Index (TCI)" (Jay G. Chambers); (3)"Meeting the Challenge of Devolution: How Changing Demographic and Fiscal Contexts Affect State Investments in Education" (Martin E. Orland and Carol E. Cohen); (4) "The Growth of Education Revenues Between 1982-83 to 1991-92: What Accounts for Differences Among States?" (Nicola A. Alexander); (5) "A Study of Administrative Expenditures in Texas Public Schools" (Chrys Dougherty); (6)"Administrative Expenditure Limits for Texas Public School Districts" (Scott Jay Lewis); (7) "Summary of 'Where's the Money Gone': Changes in the Level and Composition of Education Spending (1967-1991)" (Richard Rothstein); and (8) "Improving School Performance While Controlling Costs" (Eric Hanushek). Most chapters contain references. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Expenditure per Student, Expenditures, Federal Aid, Federal State Relationship, Fiscal Capacity, Income, Performance, School District Spending, State Federal Aid, State Legislation, Teacher Salaries
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.