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Impact of School Finance Reform on Resource Equalization and Academic Performance: Evidence from Michigan

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  • Joydeep Roy

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    (IBO and Columbia University)

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    Michigan radically altered its school finance system in 1994. The new plan, called Proposal A, significantly increased state aid to the lowest-spending school districts and limited future increases in spending in the highest-spending ones, abolishing local discretion over school spending. I investigate the impact of Proposal A on the distribution of resources and educational outcomes. I analyze the differential effects on the lowest-spending and the highest-spending districts, highlighting the role of local discretion, which has so far been neglected in the literature. I also provide important evidence on the effect of spending on academic performance. Proposal A was quite successful in reducing interdistrict spending disparities. There was also a significant positive effect on student performance in the lowest-spending districts as measured in state tests. However, the constraints on future increases in spending may have had a negative effect on student performance in the highest-spending districts. © 2011 Association for Education Finance and Policy

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Education Finance and Policy.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 137-167

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    Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:6:y:2011:i:2:p:137-167

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    Keywords: school finance reform; resource equalization; academic performance; Michigan;

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