ERIC Number: ED419284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
An Agenda for Equitable and Cost-Effective School Finance Reform: Findings Resulting from the Comptroller's Community Forums on Alternatives for Financing Education.
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
To explore the issue of school finance reform, a series of community forums held across the state were carried out, the results of which are presented. The paper provides some major findings: a basic school finance system already exists, namely, property taxes supplemented by equalized state aid; the magnitude of the school property tax means replacement would require a major increase in state taxes; the property tax can be made less objectionable; and equity should be addressed through a reformed state school-aid formula. At least five recommendations are made to improve equitable funding in education: the formula should be organized along the lines of a block-grant system; the current complex system of categorical aids and expenditure requirements fails to ensure adequate services; too much emphasis is placed on reimbursing expenses in the current system; any formula should include an explicit adjustment for regional cost differences; and school districts that meet educational standards should be free to use their state aid as they choose. A description of the state's enacted budgetary changes in school aid and an examination of the relationship between school finance and the budget process are also provided. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York