Ivory Tower Meets Smoke-Filled Back Rooms of Politics: An Academic Perspective on Illinois' School Funding Debate

14 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2003

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Stephen T. Mark

Government of New York City, NY - Independent Budget Office

David Merriman

University of Illinois at Chicago - Institute of Government and Public Affairs; Department of Public Administration

Therese J. McGuire

Northwestern University - Department of Management & Strategy

Abstract

In anticipation of an upcoming legislative debate, in the early summer of 1996 public advocacy groups in Illinois contracted with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois to provide analysis of school funding reform proposals. The intent was to make the analysis and models widely available for use by government officials as well as concerned citizens. We prepared a report on options for Illinois to help focus the school funding discussion on the fundamental policy choices facing lawmakers. In this article, we summarize the process of and the university's contribution to the policy debate. Five illustrative alternatives to the current system are analyzed. While we think these options are of interest for their own sake, our primary goal in writing this article is to provide an example of how academic analysts can make a constructive contribution to heated political debate without advocating any particular plan.

Suggested Citation

Mark, Stephen T. and Merriman, David and McGuire, Therese J., Ivory Tower Meets Smoke-Filled Back Rooms of Politics: An Academic Perspective on Illinois' School Funding Debate. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=468255

Stephen T. Mark

Government of New York City, NY - Independent Budget Office ( email )

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David Merriman

University of Illinois at Chicago - Institute of Government and Public Affairs

Chicago, IL 60607
United States

Department of Public Administration ( email )

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Therese J. McGuire (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Department of Management & Strategy ( email )

Kellogg School of Management
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Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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