Equity and Accountability: The Impact of State Accountability Systems on School Finance

22 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2008

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Ross Rubenstein

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research

Sonali Ballal

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Leanna Stiefel

New York University (NYU) - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Amy Ellen Schwartz

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research; New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

Using an 11-year panel data set containing information on revenues, expenditures, and demographics for every school district in the United States, we examine the effects of state-adopted school accountability systems on the adequacy and equity of school resources. We find little relationship between state implementation of accountability systems and changes in school finance equity, though we do find evidence that states in which courts overturned the school finance system during the decade exhibited significant equity improvements. Additionally, while implementation of accountability per se does not appear linked to changes in resource adequacy, states that implemented strong accountability systems did experience improvements.

Suggested Citation

Rubenstein, Ross and BALLAL, SONALI and Stiefel, Leanna and Schwartz, Amy Ellen, Equity and Accountability: The Impact of State Accountability Systems on School Finance. Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 28, Issue 3, pp. 1-22, Fall 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1213295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5850.2008.00908.x

Ross Rubenstein (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

SONALI BALLAL

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Leanna Stiefel

New York University (NYU) - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service ( email )

Public and Nonprofit Management and the Policy Pro
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New York, NY 10003
United States

Amy Ellen Schwartz

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy ( email )

United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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