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ERIC Number: ED491996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 123
Abstractor: Author
Survey of 2000 State School Finance Legislation: Overview, Abstracts, and Trend Analysis
Crampton, Faith E.
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This monograph presents the results of the seventh annual survey of state school finance legislation with an overview of legislation passed in 2000, abstracts of all bills passed, and a trend analysis dating back to 1994, including both established and emergent trends. Established trends in the funding areas of educational technology, school infrastructure, charter schools, and student achievement were analyzed. After several years of increasing legislative activity, the number of bills passed to fund educational technology and charter schools declined slightly while the number of bills passed for school infrastructure declined precipitously, by approximately one-third. At the same time, the number of bills to fund improvements in student achievement increased substantially. State budget woes due to a weak economy may explain, at least in part, the reduction in funding bills for technology and school infrastructure. In tight budget times, technology may be considered a luxury while school repairs, renovation, and construction are delayed to save money. With regard to charter schools, most bills passed in 2000 refined existing laws often imposing higher levels of fiscal and educational accountability. As such, these types of bills may indicate a maturation in the charter school movement. If this leveling off and decline in the charter school funding continues, it may indicate that interest in charter schools as a public education alternative has peaked. At the same time, legislative interest in targeting funding to improve student achievement has continued to grow. More recent trends have emerged in the funding of teacher quality and early childhood education. Funding bills for early childhood education have increased slowly but steadily over the last three years while legislative interest in providing funding to maintain and enhance teacher quality increased dramatically in 2000 with 28 bills passed in 17 states. These bills focused on professional development funding, often targeted to specific content areas; fiscal incentives for teachers to secure the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification; and grants and loans to encourage new entrants into the teaching profession. In spite of, and perhaps because of, widespread fiscal shortfalls across states, legislative interest remained high in 2000 with regard to school finance policy issues. (Contains 20 tables, 1 figure, and 4 footnotes.) [This paper is a Monograph of the University Council for Educational Administration, Center for Education Finance, Kansas State University and University of Florida.]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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