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'A' for Effort: Evaluating Recent State Education Reform in Response to Judicial Demands for Equity and Adequacy

48 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2011 Last revised: 28 Dec 2011

Erin Buzuvis

Western New England University School of Law

Date Written: December 20, 2011

Abstract

In this Note, the Author examines measures recently enacted by New Hampshire and Vermont in response to judicial mandates for education reform. By implementing district reform measures in demographically similar environments, the reform efforts of these two states provide a valuable perspective from which to examine the education finance reform. Evaluating the experiences of these two New England states, as well as those of other states committed to education finance reform, the author contends that successful reform measures must incorporate elements of both equity and adequacy. Specifically, the Author proposes that both states' implementation of a statewide property tax is a progressive step toward equality in education and fairness in taxation. The Author concludes that a state committed to school finance reforms that are both fair and effective should expand revenue sources in order to arrive at per-pupil expenditures that will ensure equity and adequacy.

Keywords: education reform, education law, equity, adequacy, education law

Suggested Citation

Buzuvis, Erin, 'A' for Effort: Evaluating Recent State Education Reform in Response to Judicial Demands for Equity and Adequacy (December 20, 2011). Cornell Law Review, Vol. 86, No. p. 644, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1974942

Erin Buzuvis (Contact Author)

Western New England University School of Law ( email )

1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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