ERIC Number: ED429427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Financing Facilities in Rural School Districts.
Hughes, Mary F.
While education is an important legal function of state government, a major portion of school facility funding is still at the local level, and the quality of school buildings varies across most states. This paper addresses how rural school facilities are financed. It provides an overview of school facilities funding in the United States as summarized by the literature, a mini study of school facilities funding in Arkansas, and comments from practitioners and researchers on the issues presented. It argues that the same equity issues raised on expenditure per pupils and equal educational opportunity should be raised in school facility funding too; and educational quality, including that of school facilities, should not rely on the wealth of the local community. Arkansas, one state that does depend on local wealth for the quality of school buildings, is examined in terms of its great diversity between quality and ability to support school facilities. The paper explains the multiple school funding problems faced by Arkansas' rural, small school districts, such as district size and the size of a supportive tax base and how these problems contribute to a wide range of allowable amounts of state aid available to rural versus urban school districts, thus creating vast quality differences in school facilities. (GR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas