ERIC Number: EJ1082371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
An Assessment of the Adequacy of Ohio School Funding: New Performance Standards and Alternative Measurements of Adequacy
Sweetland, Scott R.
Journal of Education Finance, v41 n2 p124-144 Fall 2015
Reflecting upon "Rose v. Council," this research traced the development of adequate school funding in Ohio. "DeRolph v. State" centered the constitutional requirement for adequate education in Ohio. Thereafter, scholars estimated costs of adequate education and legislators adjusted those estimated costs. Plaintiffs and justices questioned many of the legislative adjustments. Consequently, a consensually determined cost of adequate education was not fully realized. Since that time, new performance standards were established and the state's school funding program underwent several pertinent changes. The present study began with a brief review of school finance adequacy and alternative methods of estimating the costs of adequate education. Thereafter, a successful schools strategy was employed to assess the adequacy of Ohio school funding. The assessment methodologically developed four alternative measurements of adequacy, each of which specified a statewide school funding shortfall. In order to study and alleviate conditions of inadequate school funding, the establishment of a statewide school finance commission was recommended as well as incremental school funding increases matched to economic expansions.
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Aid, Financial Support, Court Litigation, Costs, Computation, Educational Equity (Finance), Finance Reform, School Districts, Standards, Performance, Measurement Techniques
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Rose v Council for Better Education