ERIC Number: ED448524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Funding K-12 Education. Issue Brief.
This brief discusses a variety of topics concerning the funding of K-12 education in the state of Oregon, specifically since the primary funding responsibility of schools has shifted from local school districts to the state. This has caused legislators to examine what they are getting for their money and how funding can be controlled. Court rulings citing unconstitutional school funding systems, voter-approved initiatives, and a shift to state standards and assessments have brought school-finance issues to the forefront. A central problem is how to balance state goals and standards, while recognizing the value of local discretion in school decision making. Initial national lawsuits revolved around the "equity" question: Did students in the state receive a comparably fair and equitable education? Traditionally, there was a heavy reliance on property taxes, and the inherent inequity of property-rich districts and poor districts meant that schools were being funded unequally. The per-pupil funding level has generally been the approach used by the courts for comparison purposes. Equity issues have now given way to "adequacy" issues, and states have also begun to ask what are they getting for their money. (Contains 30 endnotes.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Financial Support, Government Publications, Public Schools, School Districts, Standards, State Aid
For full text: http://www.leg.state.or.us/comm/commsrvs/home.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Legislature, Salem. Legislative Policy, Research, and Committee Services.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon