School Facilities Funding and Capital-Outlay Distribution in the States

Journal of Education Finance, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 324-350, Winter 2009

29 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2009 Last revised: 10 Jul 2015

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William D. Duncombe

Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Wen Wang

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Date Written: March 18, 2009

Abstract

Traditionally, financing the construction of school facilities has been a local responsibility. In the past several decades, states have increased their support for school facilities. Using data collected from various sources, this study first classifies the design of capital aid programs in all the 50 states into various categories based on the scope of state aid, the selection of capital projects, the method of grant distribution, and the formula components of the grant. The condition of school facilities has increasingly become a concern of school finance litigation in recent years. The equitable distribution of capital outlay funds is likely to receive additional notice in the future. Using NCES finance data from 1998 to 2002, we examine the relationship between the type of facilities aid program and the level of inequality in capital outlay distribution in the states.

Suggested Citation

Duncombe, William David and Wang, Wen, School Facilities Funding and Capital-Outlay Distribution in the States (March 18, 2009). Journal of Education Finance, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 324-350, Winter 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1364078

William David Duncombe

Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ( email )

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Wen Wang (Contact Author)

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

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