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ERIC Number: EJ865039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0098-9495
Fiscal Equity of Teacher Salaries and Compensation in Oklahoma
Maiden, Jeffrey; Evans, Nancy O.
Journal of Education Finance, v34 n3 p231-246 Win 2009
This quantitative study investigated the degree to which financial resources supporting teachers was equitably distributed in Oklahoma. Teachers are an important resource and their importance is being increasingly emphasized as educators attempt to increase student achievement. Every student educated in Oklahoma should have an equal right to educational resources. Teacher salaries consume the largest portion of the educational budgets, and an investigation of salaries and compensation as a resource was warranted. This study investigated two fiscal years--2000 and 2005. Descriptive statistics, the Gini coefficient, and McLoone index were used to determine horizontal equity. Wealth neutrality was assessed using regression analyses and correlation. Instructional salaries and total instructional compensation were inequitably distributed in Oklahoma and the degree of inequity increased from fiscal years 2000 to 2005. Four variables, assessed property valuation, socioeconomic status, percentage of Caucasian students, and proximity to a bordering state were investigated to determine their impact on the distribution of resources. All variables, except the percentage of Caucasian students, were found to significantly influence the distribution of resources. This study exposed some inequities that exist in the distribution of instructional salaries and total instructional compensation in Oklahoma, thus preventing all students who are educated in our public schools from receiving equal access to resources that determine the quality of educational instruction the student receives. (Contains 5 tables and 25 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Access