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ERIC Number: EJ895615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-20
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1068-2341
Premature Celebrations: The Persistence of Inter-District Funding Disparities
Baker, Bruce D.; Welner, Kevin G.
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v18 n9 Apr 2010
Two interlocking claims are being increasingly made around school finance: that states have largely met their obligations to resolve disparities between local public school districts and that the bulk of remaining disparities are those that persist within school districts. These local decisions are described as irrational and unfair school district practices in the allocation of resources between individual schools. In this article, we accept the basic contention of within district inequities. But we offer a critique of the empirical basis for the claims that within district gaps are the dominant form of persistent disparities in school finance, finding instead that claims to this effect are largely based on one or a handful of deeply flawed analyses. Next, we present an empirical analysis, using national data, of 16-year trends (1990 to 2005)and recent patterns (2005 to 2007) of between-district disparities, finding that state efforts to resolve between-district disparities are generally incomplete and inadequate and that in some states between-district disparities have actually increased over time. (Contains 26 footnotes, 1 table, and 7 figures.)
Colleges of Education at Arizona State University and the University of South Florida. c/o Editor, USF EDU162, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620-5650. Tel: 813-974-3400; Fax: 813-974-3826; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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