ERIC Number: EJ890458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
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"A False Dilemma": Should Decisions about Education Resource Use Be Made at the State or Local Level?
Timar, Thomas B.; Roza, Marguerite
American Journal of Education, v116 n3 p397-422 May 2010
Over the past 30 years, states have assumed a greater role in financing education. The presumption of local control has been superseded by systems of state control. This shift in authority raises several critical questions. Chief among them is, "What effect has centralization of education financing had on the capacity of school districts to provide educational services?" Has increased state participation led to a more equitable, effective, accountable, or efficient system of education? The authors suggest that the question poses a false dilemma. Instead of questioning who should control resource decisions, we should ask, "What obstacles prevent better connections between real dollars and valuable resources for students?"
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Financial Support, Decision Making, School Districts, Barriers, Educational Resources, Resource Allocation, Centralization, School District Autonomy, Board of Education Role, Educational Policy, State School District Relationship, Power Structure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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