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Title:Improving Equity and Adequacy in Illinois School Finance: Development of a Model
Author(s):Kieslar, Fred Melvin
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ward, James G.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Finance
Education, Administration
Abstract:This study identifies and investigates the theory and practice of state school funding in Illinois, for the purpose of developing a model for a system that might provide a more equitable distribution of funds to the public schools.
Present school funding principles are analyzed to determine their relationship to the manner in which state funds are disbursed to Illinois school districts. Alternatives are proposed within a school finance theory that might be useful in addressing existing inequities in the present finance system.
Constitutional, historical, economic, legal, political, and social dimensions are addressed in both the analysis of existing conditions, and in the development of a theory and model for their improvement.
This is a non-experimental, policy analytic case study, which seeks to describe, interpret, and analyze past and present Illinois school finance and processes. Generalizations, concepts, and hypotheses are introduced, contributing to the advancement of theoretical statements and the development of two model plans for improving equity in Illinois education funding.
One model for reforming the school finance system to increase equity for Illinois public schools is proposed and then analyzed in terms of its potential impact upon selected elementary school districts. An alternate model is also presented, proposing the full state assumption of responsibility for education funding. This plan is also analyzed in terms of its possible effect upon the same elementary school districts.
Issue Date:1992
Description:231 p.
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9236500
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1992

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