ERIC Number: ED457543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Getting It Right: An Assessment of Several Methods for Calculating Regional School Costs across New York State.
Despite having its most expensive district spend 1.56 times more than its least expensive district, the state of New York has not used a cost index to determine the distribution of aid to school districts, except for Building Aid. The Consumer Price Index (as suggested by the Regents, Governor Pataki, State Comptroller McCall, and the Midstate Consortium) is calculated for metropolitan areas and is based on typical consumer purchases, not those of a school district. Low cost of living in rural areas may not be reflected in teacher salaries. However, indexes based on teachers' salaries or the "hedonic wage model" (Jay G. Chambers) ignore the noncompetitive nature of the market for teachers. How much districts spend may not indicate what they need to spend. Indexes based on the pay of comparable professionals in an area (Lawrence Mishel and Richard Rothstein) reflect the reality of teachers' leaving districts for other professions, rather than moving to higher paying districts. Using cost and academic performance as an index (William Duncombe and John Yinger) could create eight regions that have similar costs and contain demographically similar student bodies. A compromise proposal could take into account both local costs and the district's ability to meet those costs, accompanied by a regional cost index and a measure of student need. (RKJ)
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Finance Reform, Financial Policy, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School District Spending, State Aid
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Educational Priorities Panel, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York