ERIC Number: ED464478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
School District Responses to Building Aid Incentives. Research Monograph.
Szuberla, Charles; VanDeventer, Susan; Cunningham, Deborah; Thurnau, Carl
In recent years, New York State has encouraged school districts to ensure that their facilities are adequate to educate students by offering financial incentives through building aid formulas. In 1997, legislation was enacted to increase state support for school capital projects by restructuring building aid. The laws of 2000 and 2001 further modified these incentives. This research monograph addresses the following objectives: (1) to explain the legal provisions that govern building aid (both before and after the incentives were in place), and in particular the leveraging effects created by the new legislation that enabled districts to receive increased state support for qualified building projects; (2) to examine the behavioral response of districts to those incentives by comparing data on school capital construction activity before and after the incentives went into effect, and the types of districts in which increased spending was most prevalent following the introduction of the incentives; (3) to offer hypotheses regarding the reasons for the relatively modest response of certain categories of districts to the incentives; and (4) to discuss the policy implications of the findings and offer suggestions for further research. (EV)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Incentive Grants, School Buildings, School Construction, School Districts, State Aid, State Legislation
Fiscal Analysis and Research Unit, New York State Education Department, EB, Room 301, 89 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12234. For full text: http://www.oms.nysed.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York