ERIC Number: EJ1048796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
State and Federal Policies for School Facility Construction: A Comparison of Michigan and Ohio
Davis, Thomas E.
Educational Administration Quarterly, v51 n1 p3-26 Feb 2015
Background: The Ohio School Facilities Commission was set up in response to litigation compelling the state to achieve a more equitable distribution in the quality of school facilities. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was a federal policy to stimulate the United States economy and support school facility construction. These two programs provide an opportunity to compare a state-run program to a federal one. Purpose: This study analyzes the distribution of school and community resources across school districts in Michigan and Ohio, two otherwise similar states with very different policies to support school facilities. Using the year prior to the implementation of the ARRA as a baseline, this study then compares the allocation of Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB) provided under the ARRA. Research Design: Using Michigan as a control group because of the weak state support for school construction, the analysis shows the distribution and variation of school building capital, community resources, educational inputs, and student outcomes across districts in both states. Based on these indicators, districts that received QSCBs are compared with districts that did not. Findings: Ohio does appear to have a more equitable distribution of capital facilities but the QSCB allocations in Ohio do not appear to be noticeably more equalizing than those in Michigan. Moreover, the allocations in both states went, on average, to districts above the mean on a number of measures of community resources, educational inputs, and student outcomes.
Descriptors: State Policy, Public Policy, School Construction, Comparative Analysis, Federal Programs, State Programs, Resource Allocation, Educational Finance, School Districts, Financial Support, Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan; Ohio
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009