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ERIC Number: ED503548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 48
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Grounding Research in Reality: Fiscal Equity and K-12 Funding in Illinois. Policy Research: IERC 2008-3
Mullin, Christopher M.; Brown, Kathleen Sullivan
Online Submission
The purpose of this study was to replicate both The Education Trust's "The Funding Gap" and D. Verstegen and L. Driscoll's "The Illinois Dilemma" studies published in 2008 utilizing the actual allocations to districts resulting from the fiscal policy mechanism (funding formula) in Illinois for the 2004-2005 school year to understand the influence of adjusted values on determinants of fiscal equity as applied in each of the earlier studies. The results of the IERC [Illinois Education Research Council] analyses indicated a less severe "gap" between the highest and lowest poverty district quartiles and a positive "gap" for high minority district quartiles when compared against the district quartiles with the lowest minority presence, as compared to results presented by The Education Trust. With respect to the IERC results when revisiting "The Illinois Dilemma," a more inequitable distribution of aid was observed than that reported by D. Verstegen and L. Driscoll. This finding was found to be the result of inequitable local resources primarily existing in elementary districts. Appended are: (1) Data Log; (2) Variables obtained from ISBE for this study; and (3) Glossary. (Contains 8 tables, 3 figures, and 43 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Illinois Education Research Council
Identifiers - Location: Illinois