Money Myth, The
School Resources, Outcomes, and Equity
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
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About the Author
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In many ways, this book returns to concerns about school resources that started my research career nearly forty years ago. The examination in my dissertation of a problem in the “old” school finance—the issue of how district financing responds to state revenues—was incorporated into an early...
Introduction: Resources, Effectiveness, and Equity in Schools
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Adequate funding has been a worry throughout the history of public schooling. During the first half of the nineteenth century, a prolonged effort took place to shift from voluntary support—charity schooling for the poor, private schooling for others—to tax-based support so that all...
Part I: Implications of the Improved School Finance
Chapter 1: Moving Beyond Money:The Variety of Educational Resources
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Despite the demands of generations of reformers for more funding, there are too many puzzles in the myth of money to ignore. The substantial increases in spending throughout the last century have neither reduced the need for reforms nor eliminated many inequalities in resources and outcomes...
Chapter 2: Multiple Resources, Multiple Outcomes:Testing the Improved School Finance with the National Educational Longitudinal Survey of the Class of 1988
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The challenge for improving schools, based on the approach presented in chapter 1, is to identify which school resources—now broadly defined as simple, compound, complex, and abstract—are effective. In this chapter, I discuss the rich data from the National Educational Longitudinal Survey of...
Chapter 3: When Money Does Matter: Explaining the Weak Effects of School Funding
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In the previous chapter, I identified the school resources that enhance a variety of schooling outcomes.This was the first task required of improved approaches to school resources.The second task is to understand better what role money plays in enhancing these effective resources—whether, as the...
Chapter 4: Families as Resources: The Effects of Family Background and Demographic Variables
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School resources are not the only inputs that matter to outcomes. At least since the charity schools for the poor of the early nineteenth century, educators have noticed that the families from which children come—poor or rich, immigrant or native-born, working-class or middle-class, black or...
Chapter 5: Students as Resources: The Effects of Connectedness to Schooling
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Students are themselves resources for learning, just as various school practices and dimensions of family background are. If students are absent from school, or mentally distracted, or unconvinced about the value of schooling, then even the best instruction and the most supportive school climate may...
Part II: Dynamic Inequality and the Effects of School Resources over Time
Chapter 6: Equity and Inequality: From Static to Dynamic Conceptions
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The first five chapters of this book were principally about the effectiveness of school resources, but expanded the conception of resources well past the simple resources that preoccupy most policy discussions. Of course, the results reported in those chapters also shed a great deal of light on inequalities...
Chapter 7: Dynamic Inequality: Schooling Outcomes over Time
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The hypothesis of dynamic inequality is that schooling outcomes may diverge over time, adding inequalities created during the entire trajectory of formal schooling to those inequalities that students bring with them to school. Only by examining these possibilities empirically can we know...
Chapter 8: Correcting Dynamic Inequality in Practice: Exploring What Schools Do for Low-Performing Students
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In the previous chapter, I confirmed that inequality among students increases over the period from eighth to tenth to twelfth grade, in a pattern I have referred to as dynamic inequality. The increases over time are most strongly related to family background and to demographic variables, including...
Part III: Implications for School Practice, Education Policy, and Litigation
9Making Resources Matter: Implications forSchool-Level Practice
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In thinking about how to make education more effective and more equitable, I start with the school as the unit of reform. Many of the most effective resources identified in chapters 2 and 7 involve school-level policies, such as decisions to place students in general, traditional vocational, or remedial...
Chapter 10: Supporting the Improved School Finance: District, State, and Federal Roles
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In the previous chapter, I focused on schools as the basic unit of reform, partly because many effective resources must be developed at the school level. But schools exist within districts, districts within states, and states within a federal government increasingly determined to shape education according to its own...
Chapter 11: The Implications for Litigation of the Improved School Finance
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In the pursuit of educational equity, litigation has played an enormous role in a variety of areas—in racial desegregation, culminating in the Brown v. Board of Education decision and various efforts to enforce it; in the establishment of linguistic rights for English learners, starting with the Lau v. Nichols case; in a variety of cases related to gender equity; and in special education...
Chapter 12: The Implications for Reform: Conceptions of Schooling and the Role of the Welfare State
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By now, we can see more clearly why the money myth—the belief that “the question of sufficient revenue lies back of almost every other problem,” and the faith that more money might solve a variety of educational problems— is often wrong, or at best incomplete.A great deal of money is wasted, for a...
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Page Count: 416
Publication Year: 2009