ERIC Number: ED434397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Equity & Adequacy in Funding To Improve Learning for All Children. Essential Programs and Services.
Maine State Dept. of Education, Augusta.
This report identifies the resources needed to help Maine's children achieve high academic standards. It outlines recommendations for improving equal opportunity through equitable distribution of resources. The document, prepared by the Essential Programs and Service Committee of Maine's State Board of Education, addresses the Legislature's charge to develop a plan for funding essential programs and services, specifically the 1995 Learning Results program. The committee began its work in 1996 and examined information on current practices in Maine's schools, collected evidence from existing or proposed models, reviewed the national literature on school resources and performance, and called for expert testimony from persons who had special knowledge of equity funding. Key components of the committee's recommendations were that most of the funding identified should be made available without any requirements regarding how the funds are spent, and that this decision be left to the local school districts. With three exceptions--early childhood development, technology, and student assessments--the committee did not prescribe how resources should be used at the local level. The committee recommended that accountability be built into the funding system. (Eight appendices offer information on committee membership and other matters. Contains 114 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine State Dept. of Education, Augusta.
Identifiers - Location: Maine