Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy

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Edited by Helen F. Ladd & Edward B. Fiske

Sponsored by the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), this groundbreaking new handbook assembles in one place the existing researchbased knowledge in education finance and policy, thereby helping to define this evolving field of research and practice. It provides a readily available resource for anyone seriously involved in education finance and policy in the United States and around the world.

The Handbook traces the evolution of the field from its initial focus on school inputs and the revenue sources used to finance these inputs to a focus on educational outcomes and the larger policies used to achieve them. It shows how the current decision-making context in school finance inevitably interacts with those of governance, accountability, equity, privatization, and other areas of education policy. Because a full understanding of the important contemporary issues requires input from a variety of perspectives, the Handbook draws on contributors from a variety of disciplines. While many of the chapters cover complex state-of-the-art empirical research, the authors explain key concepts in language that non-specialists can understand.


Introduction. Helen F. Ladd and Edward B. Fiske

Section 1: Perspectives on Education Finance and Policy
Section Editors: James W. Guthrie and Michael Kirst
1. History and Scholarship Regarding United States Education Finance and Policy. Matthew G. Springer, Eric A. Houck and James W. Guthrie
2. The Role of Economics in Education Policy Research Dominic J. Brewer, Guilbert C. Hentschke and Eric R. Eide with Ally Kuzin and Michelle Nayfack
3. The Past, Present and Possible Futures of Educational Finance Reform. Litigation William S. Koski and Jesse Hahnel
4. Politics, Political Cultures and Government. James W. Guthrie and Kenneth Wong.
5. Educational Goals: A Public Perspective. Richard Rothstein and Rebecca Jacobsen
6. Quantitative Research Methods in Education Finance and Policy. Patrick McEwan
7. The Evolution of Comparative and International Education Statistics. Stephen P. Heyneman and Chad R. Lykins

Section 2: Making Money Matter
Section Editors: Jennifer King Rice and Amy Ellen Schwartz
8. Toward an Understanding of Productivity in Education. Jennifer King Rice and Amy Ellen Schwartz
9. Teachers Matter, But Effective Teacher Quality Policies are Elusive: Hints from Research for Creating a More Productive Teacher Workforce. Dan Goldhaber
10. School Accountability and Student Achievement. David N. Figlio and Helen F. Ladd
11. School Competition and Student Outcomes. Brian Gill and Kevin Booker

Section 3: Promoting Equity and Adequacy
Section Editor: Leanna Stiefel
12. Conceptions of Equity and Adequacy in School Finance. Bruce D. Baker and Preston C. Green
13. Measuring Equity and Adequacy in School Finance. Thomas A. Downes and Leanna Stiefel
14. Measurement of cost differentials. William Duncombe and John Yinger
15. Intergovernmental Aid Formulas and Case Studies. Lawrence O. Picus, Margaret Goertz and Allan Odden
16. Education Equity in an International Context. Edward B. Fiske and Helen F. Ladd

Section 4: Changing Patterns of Governance and Finance
Section Editor: Andrew Reschovsky
17. The Changing Federal Role in Education Finance and Governance. Nora E. Gordon
18. The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Financing Public Schools. Janet S. Hansen
19. Equity, Adequacy, and the Evolving State Role in Education Finance. Sean P. Corcoran and William N. Evans
20. The Local Funding of Schools: The Property Tax and Its Alternatives. Therese J. McGuire and Leslie E. Papke.
21. Tax and Expenditure Limits, School Finance, and School Quality. Thomas A. Downes and David N. Figlio

Section 5: Educational Markets and Decentralization
Section Editor: Henry M. Levin
22. Issues in Educational Privatization. Henry M. Levin
23. Autonomous Schools: Theory, Evidence and Policy. David Plank and BetsANN Smith
24. Charter Schools. Robert Bifulco and Katrina Bulkley
25. Beyond the Rhetoric: Surveying the Evidence of Vouchers and Tax Credits. Ron Zimmer and Eric Bettinger.
26. Home Schooling. Clive Belfield.
27. Educational Management Organizations. Gary Miron.

Section 6: Race, SES and Achievement Gaps
Section Editor: Susanna Loeb
28. Patterns and Trends in Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Academic Achievement Gaps. Sean F. Reardon and Joseph P. Robinson
29. Early Childhood & the Achievement Gap. Susanna Loeb and Daphna Bassok
30. Increasing the Effectiveness of Teachers in Low-Performing Schools: What are Promising Policies? Don Boyd, Hamilton Lankford and James Wyckoff
31. Educational Outcomes of Disadvantaged Students: From Desegregation to Accountability. Douglas N. Harris

Section 7: Special Circumstances
Section Editor: David Monk
32. Special Education. Jenifer J. Harr, Tom Parrish and Jay Chambers.
33. Resource Needs for Educating Linguistic Minority Students. Russell W. Rumberger and Patricia Gándara.
34. Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Rural School Settings. John Sipple and Brian Brent
35. The Organizational and Fiscal Implications of Transient Student Psopulations. Kieran M. Killeen and Kai A. Schafft

Section 8: Higher Education
Section Editors: David Breneman and Michael McPherson
36. The Financing of Public Colleges and Universities in the United States. Paul E. Lingenfelter
37. Cost and Pricing in Higher Education. William F. Massy
38. The Effects of Education on Labor Market Outcomes. Jessica Goldberg and Jeffrey Smith
39. The Student Aid System: An Overview. Sandy Baum
40. Bridging the High School-College Divide. Thomas Bailey