ERIC Number: ED445394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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Current School Funding Policy Issues in Missouri, 2000.
Shaw, Robert C.; Hatley, Richard V.
This paper focuses on the funding of court-ordered desegregation plans in St. Louis and Kansas City and the ongoing search for fiscal equity. After sketching the landmark dates in desegregating the state's two largest cities, the article explores Missouri's continuing quest for fiscal equity in education. It describes the amount of federal aid received by various states and the early formulas for establishing education equity. The document traces the trail to a 1993 decision that determined that Missouri schools were among the most inequitably financed in the nation. This decision determined that inequity in school funding was on the rise, with disparities between the 10 highest spending school districts and the 10 lowest spending school districts increasing steadily from 1987 through 1993. The count stated that the amount of money available for schools makes a difference in the educational opportunities that can be provided to Missouri's children. Financial data taken from 1998-99 show a slight deviation from the steady decline in the disparity ratio since legislative fixes were put in place, along with a revised funding formula that had gradually improved equity of funding among Missouri school districts. However, gains during 1998-99 were not impressive. Two charts portray spending ratios among states and spending disparities. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri