ERIC Number: EJ1211679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
The Great Recession and Public Education
Evans, William N.; Schwab, Robert M.; Wagner, Kathryn L.
Education Finance and Policy, v14 n2 p298-326 Spr 2019
We examine the impact of the Great Recession on public education finance and employment. Five major themes emerge from our work. First, nearly 300,000 school employees lost their jobs. Second, schools that were heavily dependent financially on state governments were particularly vulnerable to the recession. Third, local revenues from the property tax actually increased during the recession, primarily because millage rates rose in response to declining property values. Fourth, inequality in school spending rose sharply during the Great Recession. We argue, however, that we need to be very cautious about this result. School spending inequality has risen steadily since 2000; the trend in inequality we see in the 2008-13 period is very similar to the trend we see in the 2000-08 period. Fifth, the federal government's efforts to shield education from some of the worst effects of the recession achieved their major goal.
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Public Education, Educational Finance, Employment, School Personnel, State Aid, Income, Taxes, Social Influences, Expenditures, Educational Equity (Finance)
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