ERIC Number: ED467076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Financing Student Success: Beyond Equity and Adequacy.
National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
A report sponsored by the National Association of State Boards of Education examines the equity and adequacy of school finance at the state level. The quality of education is still largely determined by where a child lives. Since 1989, more than a dozen school systems have been ruled unconstitutional by state high courts. It has been unclear who should pay and with what taxes. Accounting has been structured around categories, functions, and objects rather than programs and outcomes. The report concludes that the focus should not be on dividing up the financial pie in politically acceptable ways. It should be on a statewide strategic plan for education with provision of basic funding levels to achieve the goals of that plan. Targeting state funds in ways supported by research will most likely lead to achieving the goals. Linking funding with the specific goals of the system brings the state board of education directly into the funding discussion. State boards of education are well-placed to serve as the proponents for quality education and to ensure that funding is stable. State legislators need to think broadly about goals of the system and not just tinker with a funding formula. (Contains 35 references.) (RKJ)
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Finance Reform, School District Spending, School Funds, School Taxes, State Action, State Boards of Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.