ERIC Number: ED419281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Local School Finance Study. From Equity to Adequacy to Alignment: The School Finance Challenge.
Public School Forum of North Carolina, Raleigh.
For 10 years the Public School Forum has conducted an annual study of local school finance in North Carolina. The results of the 1997 study are presented in this report. It is intended to enable policymakers and the public at large to compare communities' ability and relative effort to provide financial support for their public schools. The report includes a discussion of the changing nature of the school-finance debate, a look at the school-finance picture across the nation, a review of the school-finance lawsuit still before the North Carolina Supreme Court, and a list of major issues confronting the state. The major finding is that the ability to provide quality educational programs is not distributed uniformly across the state. Namely, the gap in property wealth among North Carolina's 100 counties continues to grow; the state's poorest counties continue to take on a greater tax burden; the impact of welfare mandates still disproportionately affects poorer counties; there is increased disparity in total local expenditures between rich and poor counties; low-wealth supplemental funding helped close spending gaps, but only slightly; and a significant discrepancy exists between the best and worst performing counties. (Contains 2 appendixes and 5 tables.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Equity (Finance), Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Financial Problems, Public Schools, School District Spending, School District Wealth, State Government, State Surveys
Public School Forum of North Carolina, Koger Center, Cumberland Bldg., 3739 National Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27612 ($6, 1-5 copies; $5, 6 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public School Forum of North Carolina, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina