ERIC Number: ED446348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Developments in School Finance, 1998. Fiscal Proceedings from the Annual State Data Conference (July 1998).
Fowler, William J., Jr., Ed.
This collection of seven papers examines current theoretical perspectives on public-school finance. The first paper, "Reflections on the Limitations of Our Ability to Measure Schools' Productivity and Some Perspectives from the Past," assesses the inherent difficulties in measuring school productivity, particularly if one is concerned with more than test scores. The next paper, "Education Financing and Outcomes in Philadelphia," eschews efforts to measure productivity in the economic tradition, preferring to compare a school district with similar peer school districts in order to benchmark spending and performance. The third paper, "School Choice in Milwaukee: Are Private Schools Creaming Off the Best Students," discusses potential threats to the measurement of public school productivity, such as removing the most talented students through implementation of school-voucher programs. The following paper, "School-Level Resource Allocation in the Chicago Public Schools," focuses on a natural experiment in which funding responsibility was shifted from the district level to the school level. Two papers, "The Productivity of School Finance Equalization: An Analysis Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling," and "Active Graphics Methods for the Analysis and Display of Education Data," assess fiscal equalization. The final paper, "Developing Student Resource Variables for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey," describes how the National Center for Education Statistics has adopted a student-level finance measure that has the ability to accurately assess questions of the relationship of resources to student outcomes. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Economics, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Finance Reform, Financial Policy, Needs Assessment, School Funds
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.