Equal educational opportunity, Education reform, School finance litigation, Equity theory, Adequacy theory
Professor Heise reports findings from his on-going empirical study of judicial impact in the school finance context. The study employs interrupted time series analyses to explore the independent effect of successful school finance equity court decisions on two key outcome variables, centralization and total educational spending levels. The results cast some doubt about long-held assumptions regarding the efficacy of court decisions. The author argues that the results also uncover important clues that help explain the recent fundamental shift in school finance litigation theory from equity to adequacy.
Heise, Michael, "Equal Educational Opportunity, Hollow Victories, and the Demise of School Finance Equity Theory: An Empirical Perspective and Alternative Explanation" (1998). Cornell Law Faculty Publications. Paper 742.
Published in: Georgia Law Review, vol. 32, no. 2 (Winter 1998).