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ERIC Number: EJ846535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-21
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-1068-2341
Designing Finance Structures to Satisfy Equity and Adequacy Goals
King, Richard A.; Swanson, Austin D.; Sweetland, Scott R.
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v13 n15 Feb 2005
In addition to setting high standards for student performance, educational policies must consider what resources are essential to provide an adequate educational program to meet all students' learning needs. Policy makers also want to ensure that educators make efficient use of available resources. In this exploration of school finance policy, we advance a conception of adequacy as the ideal state of vertical equity, examine the evolution of this concept through judicial reviews, and discuss methods for determining the level of funding required to achieve adequacy. We then discuss economic and political problems inherent in institutional inefficiencies that are likely to derail efforts to raise achievement in poorly performing schools even after granting them an adequate level of resources. The paper concludes with a description of how a state funding formula might provide a foundation for adequacy in all districts. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Abbott v Burke; No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Robinson v Cahill; Rose v Council for Better Education