ERIC Number: EJ720564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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The Emerging Shape of Educational Adequacy: From Theoretical Assumptions to Empirical Evidence
Baker, Bruce D.
Journal of Education Finance, v30 n3 p259-287 Win 2005
This article proposes a general conception of educational adequacy and draws on a lengthy history of economic theory and emerging empirical evidence to support that conception. The author reviews empirical methods for measuring educational adequacy and synthesizes findings from a number of recent studies of the cost of an adequate education. He then discusses the relationship between current state school finance policies and his rendering of the shape of educational adequacy. He provides specific examples of actual and alternative indices of adequate aid allocations for school districts in the state of Kansas. Finally, the author addresses steps that state legislatures might take to better align their school funding policies with the emerging shape of educational adequacy. A rapidly expanding empirical literature on educational adequacy across states may provide some insights for setting new standards regarding the additional costs of adequacy with different children under different conditions. The author attempts to summarize and articulate these new guidelines. (Contains 4 tables, 13 figures, and 36 footnotes.)
Descriptors: State Schools, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Research Methodology, School Districts, State Aid, Guidelines, Costs, State Legislation
University of Illinois Press, 1325 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6903. Tel: 217-333-0950.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas