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Money, Mandates, and Local Control in American Public Education

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ISBN-10: 0472035592

ISBN-13: 9780472035595

Edition: N/A

Authors: Bryan Shelly

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Pointing to the disparities between wealthy and impoverished school districts in areas where revenue depends primarily upon local taxes, reformers repeatedly call for the centralization of school funding. Their proposals meet resistance from citizens, elected officials, and school administrators who fear the loss of local autonomy.Bryan Shelly finds, however, that local autonomy has already been compromised by federal and state governments, which exercise a tremendous amount of control over public education despite their small contribution to a school system's funding. This disproportionate relationship between funding and control allows state and federal officials to pass education policy yet excuses them from supplying adequate funding for new programs. The resulting unfunded and underfunded mandates and regulations, Shelly insists, are the true cause of the loss of community control over public education.Shelly outlines the effects of the most infamous of underfunded federal mandates, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), and explores why schools implemented it despite its unpopularity and out-of-pocket costs. Shelly's findings hold significant implications for school finance reform, NCLB, and the future of intergovernmental relations.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 7/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Equity and Control in School Funding
Mechanical Advantage? How the Viper Link May Work
The More Money We Come Upon: Finance Centralization and Negative Local Autonomy
Sharks and Wolverines: The Effect of School Finance Centralization in Vermont and Michigan
Taxes and Tocqueville: Local Control and Public Opinion in School Finance Reform
What Boiled the Frog: Unfunded Mandates and the Real Problem with Centralized-Level Funding
No Child Left Behind and the Power of 5 Percent
Brave New World: Local Control and the Future of American Education
Notes
References
Index