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ERIC Number: ED506267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
The Effectiveness of Court-Ordered Funding of Schools. Education Outlook. No. 6
Hanushek, Eric A.; Lindseth, Alfred A.
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Since the late 1980s, state court judges in over twenty states, deriving their authority from the education clauses of their respective state constitutions, have struck down school finance systems as not "adequate." Pointing to evidence of unacceptable student achievement outcomes, especially among poor and disadvantaged students, advocates of court intervention argue that student outcomes can be improved with additional funding; that is, all children can learn, given sufficient resources. Many courts have accepted this premise and have ordered legislatures to provide unprecedented increases in state appropriations for K-12 schools. Unfortunately, the track record of these judicial interventions suggests that increased funding without other more fundamental changes typically does not lead to improved student performance. Key points in this "Outlook" include: (1) Advocates of court intervention in school finance argue that student achievement can be improved with additional funding; (2) Achievement data from four states show that court-ordered funding does not necessarily raise student test scores; and (3) When coupled with more fundamental reforms, funding increases show some promise. (Contains 14 notes and 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Massachusetts; New Jersey; Wyoming