ERIC Number: ED419283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
School Finance Reform: A Discussion Paper.
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
School-finance reform is an issue that has been on New York State's agenda almost continuously since the 1960s. Information that is intended to make basic school-aid issues understandable to the average citizen is provided in this report. The report focuses on the existing finance system, the equity issues, and the options for reform. The paper is presented in three sections. Section 1 provides a general background on school fiance, describing how schools are funded, how state aid is distributed, and what the essential equity issue is. The narrative is issue-oriented, intentionally avoiding descriptions of the calculations behind aid distribution. Section 2 describes long-term trends and recent developments in school finance. The section includes a description of spending trends, changes in aid distribution, the 1993-94 reforms and their implementation, and a discussion of the "modified freeze" in the school-aid formulas. Section 3 outlines alternatives for reform of the finance system and explores some of the reasons why such a long-standing issue is still unresolved. It is suggested that the discussion of the reform options identifies the essential issues that must be resolved for a long-term solution to be reached. An appendix provides a statistical supplement to the report. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York