A Level Playing Field: School Finance in the Northeast by Jane Fowler Morse

By Jane Fowler Morse

Examines the felony and political info of college investment reform in manhattan, Vermont, and Ontario.

In this well timed paintings, Jane Fowler Morse stories the historical past of college finance litigation within the usa after which examines fresh felony and political struggles to receive equitable college investment in manhattan, Vermont, and Ontario. those 3 locations have hired strikingly varied suggestions to handle this factor, and Morse analyzes classes realized at every one that might profit either public officers and voters drawn to looking reform somewhere else. Drawing on writers from Aristotle to Cass Sunstein and Martin Luther King Jr., she additionally explores the innovations of social justice and fairness, highlighting the connections among racism, poverty, and college investment. the result's a passionate plea for equitable investment of public schooling national to instantiate the perfect of “liberty and justice for all.”

“This attention-grabbing and demanding ebook covers a serious subject in an intensive and well-documented method. certainly, it presents an encyclopedia of college legislations instances which are correct not just to college finance, but additionally to varsity fairness. coverage and legislation students, in addition to historians, will locate this a major reference, and the booklet can be utilized in classes in class legislation, coverage experiences, and administration.” — Ellen Brantlinger, writer of Dividing sessions: How the center category Negotiates and Rationalizes university Advantage

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A benefit of NCLB may be the requirement that test scores be disaggregated by race and ethnicity, but only if the data is used to provide resources where they are needed. Bruce Biddle used data sets from the Second International Mathematics Study (SIMS), Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), in combination with figures on funding from Education Week’s Quality Counts issues, to show that United States scores from advantaged districts are highly competitive with other nations.

18 In doing so, the court denied any federal civil rights protection on the question of inequity on school funding to the children of New York. Levittown was followed by another equity case, which also failed in the courts. Another legal approach taken in New York was to attack inequitable school funding as a violation of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, sometimes accompanied by a violation of equal protection clauses of the federal and/or state constitution, rather than the education clause.

22 A Level Playing Field A common method of attempting to achieve equity is to weight the per pupil expenditures so that children who are more expensive to educate get additional resources. This is already the case in special education, but can also be done for children who speak languages other than English, for minority children, and for poor children. The standards movement has introduced the idea that children ought to be able to meet the standards set by a state through the educational system established by that same state.

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