History and Scholarship Regarding United States Education Finance and Policy

Authored by: Matthew G. Springer , Eric A. Houck , James W. Guthrie

Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy

Print publication date:  November  2007
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780805861440
eBook ISBN: 9780203961063
Adobe ISBN: 9781135863890


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America's first generation of education funding systems provided land to stimulate popular provision of schooling. Today, state funding mechanisms have evolved into a complex array of policy levers ranging from pupil weighting schemes and interlocking systems of property, income and sales taxation to provisions for vouchers, tax credits and home school certificates. Scholars and policy makers routinely deal with issues ranging from how to promote more equitable distribution of education resources within states to the relationships (or lack thereof) between various “purchased inputs” and academic performance.

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