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ERIC Number: EJ761697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0098-9495
State School Finance Legislation: A 50-State Overview and Trend Analysis
Crampton, Faith E.
Journal of Education Finance, v32 n4 p470-487 Spr 2007
This article presents a cross-section, 50-state analysis of school finance legislation from the 2000 session and a seven-year trend analysis, dating back to 1994. The framework for analysis was grounded in the theory of intergovernmental grants. Although the 2000 legislative session was an active one, the total number of bills passed represented a decrease in legislative activity from the previous year. It was noted that the 2000 legislative session took place as economic conditions at both the national and state levels had begun to cool, and although the study established no causal link between level of legislative activity and resource availability, a sluggish economy may have played a role in the decrease in education funding bills as legislators' attention turned to balancing state budgets. A major finding of the trend analysis was that state legislative activity in student achievement and teacher quality foreshadowed passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Many state legislatures were proactive in these areas at least three years before the federal law. Furthermore, state legislatures have taken a leading role in pioneering funding of early intervention strategies such as early childhood education. It remains to be seen whether the addition of federal attention and funding to promote academic success for all students will supplement or supplant state efforts. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table and 105 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001