Public School Finance: An Examination of Superintendents Attitudes on Equity, Adequacy, Accountability and Policy Alternatives
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Research Purpose: School finance is not a new problem in the United States. It has been around and evolving since the beginning of public education. In the last three years in Texas there has been five legislative sessions to address school finance. The States major daily newspapers have reported on numerous occasions about issues related to school finance. During the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries Sen. John Edwards struck a chord with voters and educators when he spoke of "two Americas: one for the wealthy and privileged, another for those not so lucky" (Bartolomeo 2004, 6). While the U.S. Supreme Court struck down separate schools based on race in Brown vs. Board of Education, the current public education system is clearly illustrative of Sen. Edwards' statement on continued inequality based on wealth in the United States. The purpose of this study is to examine school finance attitudes of Texas superintendents on issues of equity, adequacy, accountability and policy alternatives.