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Education Finance Adequacy PDF - This Powerpoint presentation provides an overview of education finance adequacy and highlights states that have conducted adequacy studies. (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, April 2003) ...

Redesigning School Finance Systems: Lessons from CPRE - The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) and particularly the CPRE group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been working on school finance redesign since 1990. This summary of CPRE school finance research and its policy conclusions addresses the following topics: (1) How education dollars are spent, (2) Tracking education resources at the school level and by educational strategy, (3) Education resource reallocation, (4) Toward school finance adequacy, (5) Using resources to double student achievement, (6) Use of dollars after a school finance reform, (7) Pricing adequacy recommendations and enhancing teacher compensation and (8) Policy and practice implications. (Allan Odden, CPRE, February 2007)...

Fund the Child: Tackling Inequity and Antiquity in School Finance - This report argues that to ensure America’s economic competitiveness, boost student achievement, fulfill the promise of equal opportunity and renew the education delivery system, the United States must transform its archaic approach to financing public education. The report details a proposal calling on policymakers to transform the school funding system in service of meeting high ambitions for student learning. Envisioned is a transparent system in which: (1) funding from all levels follows every student to whatever public school he or she attends; (2) the amount varies according to the student's needs; and (3) funding arrives at schools as real dollars that can be spent flexibly, with accountability gauged by results rather than inputs, programs, or activities. (The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2006) ...

Funding Gaps 2006 - America’s school finance policies and systems create inequities that shortchange low-income and minority students and the schools and districts that serve them, according to this report. The authors offer analysis on three levels. Federal education funds for low-income students are distributed among states that benefit rich states over poor states. Spending differences among school districts within states shortchange their highest poverty and highest minority school districts. And finally, school districts spend less money spent in schools serving the most disadvantaged students. (Education Trust, 2006)...

Achieving Educational Adequacy through School Finance Reform - This report from the Center for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) argues that imposing statewide student performance standards without adequate financial resources will result in school districts with above average costs not having the funds to educate their students to meet the new standards. The report includes a statistical approach for measuring the costs of public education and ways to integrate those costs into school aid formulas. It also reviews alternative approaches to the measurement of costs. (Andrew Reschovsky and Jennifer Imazeki, CPRE, October 2000)...

Passing the Test: The National Interest in Good Schools for All - In the chapter entitled Educational Inequality through Education: Millennial Resolutions (page 81), W. Norton Grubb discusses the conditions necessary for successful economic reform for schools. Grubb argues that every generation tends to recreate economic inequality, and progress depends on (1) the way the issue is framed to the public, (2) development of new areas for federal policy and (3) policies that simultaneously reshape both demand and supply for educated labor . One suggestion is to avoid tax expenditures because tax credits and deductions disproportionately benefit middle- and upper-income taxpayers. (W. Norton Grubb, Center for National Policy, March 2000)...

Making Money Matter - A comprehensive review of the theory and practice of financing public schools by federal, state and local governments in the United States, this report argues that money can and must be made to matter more than in the past if the nation is to reach its ambitious goal of improving achievement for all students. The book provides a thorough understanding of how facilities financing is an integral part of a comprehensive education financing system. (Helen F. Ladd and Janet S. Hansen, eds., National Academy Press, 1999)...

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