ERIC Number: ED448526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
School Funding: From Equity to Adequacy. Policy Brief.
WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
As states move toward higher expectations for student learning and stringent consequences for results, many school districts are demanding "reciprocity"--a level of resources and support they believe is needed to do the job. These demands are forcing policymakers to struggle with a difficult question: What kind and amount of resources does it take to enable all students to reach desired achievement levels? Issues of how to fund schools can no longer be treated separately from how to make them better. Funding debates and legal challenges that have long centered on "equity," or how to fairly distribute available money, must also tackle the more basic question of "adequacy"--How much is enough to educate a child? This brief examines the shift in school funding from equity to adequacy, with special attention to some of the challenges it raises, including adequacy-based legal issues and litigation, current models for calculating, adequacy-based funding formula, practical implications of shifting to an adequacy-based finance structure, and special challenges faced by western states. (Contains 15 endnotes.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Financial Support, Legal Responsibility, Public Schools, School Districts, Standards, State Aid, Student Improvement
WestEd, 730 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA 94107-1242 (Policy Brief, $1). Tel: 877-493-7833 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.WestEd.org/policy/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.