ERIC Number: ED422630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Finance. Briefing Paper: Texas Public School Finance and Related Issues.
Clark, Catherine P.; England, Claire
This document explores various issues that affect Texas public school finance. It opens with an overview of the Texas public school system, which comprises 1,043 independent school districts, with an average of 6.4 campuses per district. The federal role in financing schools is examined, along with education finance and the state budget. Four major models of school-finance equalization are presented, and school-finance equity issues are dealt with in depth. The text looks at school-finance adequacy issues and lays out how local school districts secure their revenue, for example, a two-tier system. Expenditures for facilities and debt service and operating expenditures, including accounting procedures and laws governing financial transactions, are described. Some of the school-finance efficiency issues, such as productivity and educational outcomes, are discussed, as are public-policy issues: accountability, choice, and reading. Reform issues on the national and state levels receive coverage and include National Education Goals, safe schools and discipline, capacity, learning time, technology, and reducing the dropout rate. Finally, emerging issues in education, such as high standards and the importance of public education, are described. (RJM)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Educational Change, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Public Schools, State Government
Texas Center for Educational Research (TCER), P.O. Box 2947, Austin, TX 78768-2947 ($10).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Center for Educational Research, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas