Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses Solving the Funding-Achievement Puzzle in America's Public Schools

ISBN-10: 0691130000
ISBN-13: 9780691130002
Edition: 2009
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/17/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is also chairman of the Executive Committee for the Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas at Dallas, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences and of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Education Excellence (California).

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
Just How Important Is Education?
Education and Financial Achievement
Education and Poverty
Education and the Nation's Economic Well-Being
Testing Student Skills
Quality of U.S. Colleges
U.S. Education at a Crossroads
Years of School Completed
Achievement Levels (or the Mastery of Cognitive Skills)
International Comparisons
Achievement Gaps
The Political Responses
Increased Spending and Resources for K-12 Education
Increased Equity in Funding for K-12 Education
The Standards and Accountability Movement
Increased School Choice Options
Teacher Certification
Conclusions
Court Interventions in School Finance
Federal Desegregation Litigation and Milliken II Remedies
"Equity" Cases
"Adequacy" Cases
Practical Issues with Educational Adequacy
Defining an "Adequate" Education
The Element of Causation
Problems Relating to Remedy
Problems Inherent in the Makeup and Processes of the Courts
The Effectiveness of Judicial Remedies
Kentucky
Wyoming
New Jersey
Massachusetts
Science and School Finance Decision Making
A Simple Decision Model
How Much Is Enough?
How Should the Money Be Spent?
Using Science More Effectively
A Performance-Based Funding System
Guiding Principles: Back to Basics
A Performance-Based Funding System
Big City Schools
Conclusions
Making Performance-Based Funding a Reality
The Persistence of Illusory Spending Solutions
Support for the Status Quo and Resistance to Change
Some Current Countervailing Forces
Encouraging True Reform: Mutually Agreed Bargains
Changing the Focus of the Courts
Mobilizing for the Future
Notes
Legel Citations
Federal Court Cases (arranged in alphabetical order)
State Court Cases (arranged by state and, within states, chronologically)
Sources for Figures and Tables
References
Index

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