A Level Playing Field: School Finance in the Northeast

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SUNY Press, 2007 - Education - 349 pages
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In this timely work, Jane Fowler Morse reviews the history of school finance litigation in the United States and then examines recent legal and political struggles to obtain equitable school funding in New York, Vermont, and Ontario. These three places have employed strikingly different strategies to address this issue, and Morse analyzes lessons learned at each that will benefit both public officials and citizens interested in seeking reform elsewhere. Drawing on writers from Aristotle to Cass Sunstein and Martin Luther King Jr., she also explores the concepts of social justice and equity, highlighting the connections between racism, poverty, and school funding. The result is a passionate plea for equitable funding of public education nationwide to instantiate the ideal of “liberty and justice for all.”
 

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Contents

Education Inequity and the Level Playing Field
1
The Search for a Legal Solution in New York
31
Sharing in Vermont
67
Executive Reform in Ontario
89
The Impact of Poverty on Childrens Performance in School
119
The Impact of Racism on Childrens Performance in School
153
Education Funding and Progress
185
Appendixes
223
Notes
231
Bibliography
287
Authorities
315
Index
319
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Jane Fowler Morse is Professor of Education at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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