Adequacy, Accountability, and the Future of Public Education by Dennis Patrick Leyden

By Dennis Patrick Leyden

This ebook is set public schooling reform and the way forward for pubHc schooling investment. Given the various articles, books, and meetings that experience considering the difficulty of public schooling reform, it's average to invite no matter if the realm wishes nonetheless one other quantity in this topic. In my safety, i might argue that, even though there's a huge literature on public schooling reform, there's important little that attempts to cartoon the large photograph. Too frequently, either in examine and in perform, you can still lose sight of the woodland, for all of the specialise in the person bushes. whereas such unique research is of severe price, that worth derives either from its specificity and from its skill to slot right into a greater, coherent entire. regrettably, our figuring out of the general public schooling procedure continues to be incomplete and disconnected, quite in regards to the connections among study, coverage, and perform. This e-book is an try and step again for a second to get one's bearings ahead of leaping headlong again into the wooded area. it really is my desire that this e-book might be of price to a large choice of reader- researchers in departments of economics and faculties of schooling, coverage makers in any respect degrees, and, after all, the practitioners logging away within the trenches.

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In that case, a single, general revenue sharing grants structure will no longer be optimal. Consider, for example, a case in which constituents accurately perceive the benefits they get from fire protection services but overestimate the benefits associated with police services. In that case, the dominant political coalition can increase its net aggregate political benefits ^ by increasing the funding of police services. Hence, the donor government can benefit by creating a categorical grant for police services.

Only if the legislature is dominated by a coalition of the whole will all constituent preferences be taken into account. Categorical grants exist in order to increase the levels of lower-level recipientgovernment activities to levels that they otherwise would not attain under more general, unrestricted intergovernmental grants. Political support for bringing about this distortion may be due to the presence of spillovers, fiscal illusion, and/or political asymmetry. Chapter 3 THEORY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING WITH COURT INTERVENTION We must never forget that the only real source ofpower that we as judges can tap is the respect of the people.

If there is pohtical asymmetry, the group that dominates the lower-level, recipient government's decision-making process will be different from the group that provides support to the representative in the higher-level, donor government. The latter group will not be satisfied with the decisions of their lower-level recipient government and will therefore provide political support for their representative in the higher-level donor government to create an intergovernmental grants structure that changes the mix of recipientgovernment activities to something more to their liking.

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