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ERIC Number: EJ948347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0098-9495
The Road Ahead for School Finance Reform: Legislative Trends 2011 and beyond
Crampton, Faith E.; Thompson, David C.
Journal of Education Finance, v37 n2 p185-204 Fall 2011
The reform of education funding systems to achieve greater equity and adequacy is an ongoing struggle in many states. Because funding of public elementary and secondary education is constitutionally a state responsibility, the struggle plays out largely in state legislatures. At the same time, education finance reform does not take place in a vacuum. The composition of state legislatures is deeply affected by voter preferences as expressed in elections and by economic conditions in individual states, as well as those at the national and even international levels. In addition, state courts have the potential to push reluctant legislatures toward school finance reform even with the current fiscal conditions. This article analyzes recent economic, fiscal, governmental, and political factors in order to assess the prospects for meaningful education finance reform at the state level. (Contains 87 footnotes, 1 figure and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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