ERIC Number: ED424660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Adequacy: Building an Adequate School Finance System.
National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.
This report suggests a framework for approaching and integrating adequacy as a cornerstone principle in developing a sound state school finance system. The text defines student performance-centered expectations for the education system and suggests that districts determine the educational capacity needed to allow each student reasonable opportunity to accomplish the agreed-upon expectations. The report is intended to encourage and assist state policymakers who must craft statewide school finance systems that meet constitutional requirements, systems that are rational and effective and that build public support for public school investments. The recommendations include five steps as a building block to accomplish an adequate school finance system, such as establishing clear and measurable goals. The report acknowledges the need for policymakers in each state to work within a context shaped by historical, cultural, political, and financial considerations. The booklet presents recommendations for project partners, the emergence of adequacy as a criterion for establishing and evaluating a state school finance system, an adequate school finance system, and a checklist for policymakers. The conclusion summarizes the rational approach to school funding. (Contains 104 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Budgeting, Educational Administration, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Outcomes of Education, State School District Relationship
National Conference of State Legislatures, 1560 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202 (Item No. 3138, $25).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.