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ERIC Number: ED510968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
School Referenda in Indiana. Education Policy Brief. Volume 8, Number 2, Summer 2010
Hiller, Stephen C.; Spradlin, Terry E.
Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University
Past reports by the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP) have sought to examine various aspects of Indiana public school funding such as the mechanisms for funding, school revenues and expenditures, as well as numerous other reports whose subjects have implications on school and program funding. This report focuses on another mechanism of public school funding which, while common in most other states, has only recently emerged in Indiana: school referenda. Before 2008, school referenda were rare, used only in specific cases for General Fund tax levies. As there were no referenda for school construction, opposition to school construction projects went through Indiana's unique petition and remonstrance process, although such projects often went unopposed. This report will closely examine the results of General Fund and construction referenda which were voted upon in the communities of 14 school corporations in Indiana during the May 4, 2010 primary election. As part of this analysis, the total amounts and increases in property taxes sought in the referenda are identified, as well as basic demographic information of the school corporations. To conclude the analysis of the May 2010 referenda, the perspectives from the 14 superintendents who oversaw the 16 referenda will then be presented which will reveal the primary reasons the referenda passed or failed. (Contains 3 tables and 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana University, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: Indiana