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ERIC Number: ED417471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Funding Disparities between Public School Districts in Mississippi.
Napier, Lee
In 1996, the Mississippi State Department of Education published information on accreditation, finances, student achievement, and other variables that could be utilized to assess each school district's success. After the report's publication, questions surfaced regarding disparities in the funding of the public school districts in the state. An analysis of these areas of concern is presented in this paper. Some of the study's key questions include: "What was the extent of available funds and expenditures for public school districts in Mississippi?"; and "What is the relationship between available funds and local and state expenditures for school districts in the state?" Data analysis of state funding revealed that disparities do exist in terms of valuation per pupil. Disparities also exist between the wealthiest and poorest school districts' financial resources, as well as in educational opportunities. It was found that local financial support influences student achievement in a positive manner. Schools with superior accreditation levels tend to spend more money per pupil, and most of the achievement variables were significantly related to local and state per pupil expenditure. Interestingly, those school districts where the citizens of the district taxed themselves at a higher rate tended to be accredited at higher levels and students tended to achieve more. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi