ERIC Number: EJ1145029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
The Challenges of Advancing Fiscal Equity in a Resource-Strained Context
Malen, Betty; Dayhoff, Justin; Egan, Laura; Croninger, Robert G.
Educational Policy, v31 n5 p615-642 Jul 2017
Weighted student funding (WSF) is a multifaceted school finance, management, and governance reform that is gaining attention. While WSF has a number of goals, its primary objective is to redress intra-district funding inequities. This article draws on a mixed-methods study of WSF in Prince George's County Public Schools to examine the initiative's impact on the distribution of financial resources to the 180 schools that were affected by it. Our findings indicate that WSF was not a robust mechanism for advancing equity and illustrate how technical, economic, and political factors can undermine the ability of WSF to realize its equity goals.
Descriptors: County School Districts, Funding Formulas, Finance Reform, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Program Effectiveness, Governance, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Program Design, Program Implementation, Performance Factors, Barriers, Mixed Methods Research, School Statistics, Resource Allocation, Student Characteristics, Expenditure per Student, School District Spending, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland
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