ERIC Number: ED446347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-23
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Current School Funding Policy Issues in Missouri, 1999.
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 in Missouri's 522 school districts. It describes how school-funding policy issues in the two cities have dominated legislative discussion in Missouri and lists the landmark dates in desegregating the state's two largest cities. The article describes the amount of federal aid received by various states and the early formulas that were used for establishing education equity. It discusses a 1993 decision that ruled that Missouri schools were among the most inequitably financed in the nation. This decision determined that inequity in school funding was on the rise and that disparities between the 10 highest spending school districts and the 10 lowest spending school districts increased steadily from 1987 through 1993. The court ruling stated that the amount of money available for schools affects the educational opportunities that can be provided to Missouri's children. Financial data that were 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. 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