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Bifulco, Robert; Reback, Randall – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
This brief argues that charter school programs can have direct fiscal impacts on school districts for two reasons. First, operating two systems of public schools under separate governance arrangements can create excess costs. Second, charter school financing policies can distribute resources to or away from districts. Using the city school…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Governance, Resources
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Bastian, Kevin C.; Henry, Gary T.; Thompson, Charles L. – Education Finance and Policy, 2013
To address gaps in achievement between more- and less-affluent students, states and districts need to ensure that high-poverty students and schools have equitable access to educational resources. Traditionally, assessments of resource equity have focused on per-pupil expenditures and more proximal inputs, such as teacher credentials and class…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Poverty, School District Wealth, Fiscal Capacity
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Schwartz, Amy Ellen – Education Finance and Policy, 2010
Research in education finance and policy has flourished over the past twenty years as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and a wide range of school reform efforts spurred demand for scientific evidence identifying "what works." Research funding has been generous, buoyed by both favorable economic conditions and the sense that research will…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Research Methodology
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Harris, Douglas N. – Education Finance and Policy, 2009
Annual student testing may make it possible to measure the contributions to student achievement made by individual teachers. But would these "teacher value-added" measures help to improve student achievement? I consider the statistical validity, purposes, and costs of teacher value-added policies. Many of the key assumptions of teacher value added…
Descriptors: Credentials, Educational Testing, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
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Satz, Debra – Education Finance and Policy, 2008
In this article I argue that the distinction between an adequate education and an equal education has been overdrawn. In my view, a certain type of equality--civic equality--is internal to the idea of educational adequacy. An education system that completely separates the children of the poor and minorities from those of the wealthy and middle…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Quality, Democracy, Educational Finance
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Strike, Kenneth A. – Education Finance and Policy, 2008
This article discusses issues of justice concerning school finance with a focus on the development of a conception of equality of educational opportunity. Emphasis is put on discussing the views of the other contributors in this symposium. The main conclusions of the discussion are that (1) equity and adequacy are not inconsistent views because…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Equal Education, Educational Quality