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Reflections on Equity, Adequacy, and Weighted Student Funding

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  • Helen F. Ladd

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Within the context of the school finance literature, the concepts of equity and adequacy raise a number of complex definitional and pragmatic issues. The purpose of this article is to clarify those issues and to use those concepts to evaluate the recent policy proposal called weighted student funding (WSF). Though WSF contains some equity-enhancing elements, it could fall short of its equity goals because of imperfect weights. This approach also fails to take full account of the concentrations of challenging-to-educate students and their effects on the distribution of teachers. In addition, the WSF proposal can be faulted for paying no attention to adequacy, potentially stigmatizing individual students, and placing so much focus on individual schools. A more complete evaluation of WSF would require a broader institutional perspective that extends beyond the equity and adequacy considerations of this article. © 2008 American Education Finance Association

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  • Helen F. Ladd, 2008. "Reflections on Equity, Adequacy, and Weighted Student Funding," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 3(4), pages 402-423, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:3:y:2008:i:4:p:402-423
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    1. repec:pal:jorsoc:v:68:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1057_jors.2015.93 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Kevin C. Bastian & Gary T. Henry & Charles L. Thompson, 2013. "Incorporating Access to More Effective Teachers into Assessments of Educational Resource Equity," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 8(4), pages 560-580, October.

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    Keywords

    school finance; equity; educational adequacy; weighted student funding;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid

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