Spending on K-12 education across the United States and across local school districts has long been characterized by great disparities—disparities that reflect differences in property wealth and tax rates. For more than a quarter-century, reformers have attempted to reduce these differences through court challenges and legislative action. As part of a broad study of education finance, the committee commissioned eight papers examining the history and consequences of school finance reform undertaken in the name of equity and adequacy. This thought-provoking, timely collection of papers explores such topics as:
Table of Contents
|1 Concepts of School Finance Equity: 1970 to the Present||7-33|
|2 School Finance Litigation in the Name of Educational Equity: Its Evolution, Impact, and Future||34-71|
|3 The Impact of Court-Mandated School Finance Reform||72-98|
|4 Court-Mandated School Finance Reform: What Do the New Dollars Buy?||99-135|
|5 The Politics of School Finance in the 1990s||136-174|
|6 Educational Adequacy and the Courts: The Promise and Problems of Moving to a New Paradigm||175-208|
|7 Enabling "Adequacy" to Achieve Reality: Translating Adequacy into State School Finance Distribution Arrangements||209-259|
|8 Performance Standards and Educational Cost Indexes: You Can't Have One Without the Other||260-297|
|Biographical Summaries of Contributors||298-304|
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