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Education Finance Reform in New York: Calculating the Cost of a 'Sound Basic Education' in New York City

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In June 2003 the New York State Court of Appeals altered the education-finance landscape with its ruling in Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. New York. This ruling called for “[r]eforms to the current system of financing school funding” designed to ensure “that every school in New York City would have the resources necessary for providing the opportunity for a sound basic education.” This ruling addressed a wide range of issues, but also declared that “the funding level necessary to provide City students with the opportunity for a sound basic education is an ascertainable starting point.” This policy brief addresses the question: How can this funding level be determined? Any calculation of the cost of a “sound basic education” must begin with a definition of this term, that is, with a decision about the educational standard every district is supposed to reach. This is a decision to be made by lawmakers, with input from the Court of Appeals. We begin with an overview of the issues that arise in making this decision, and then turn to the main concern of this policy brief, namely, how to calculate the cost of a sound basic education once it has been defined by lawmakers.

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  • William Duncombe & Anna Lukemeyer & John Yinger, 2004. "Education Finance Reform in New York: Calculating the Cost of a 'Sound Basic Education' in New York City," Center for Policy Research Policy Briefs 28, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
  • Handle: RePEc:max:cprpbr:28
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    1. repec:bla:srbeha:v:34:y:2017:i:3:p:267-276 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Ross Rubenstein & Lawrence Miller, 2005. "Allocating Resources within a Big City School District: New York City after Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. New York," Center for Policy Research Policy Briefs 31, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

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    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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