Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 1998


Equal educational opportunity, Education reform, School finance litigation, Equity theory, Adequacy theory


Education Law


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.


This article predates the author's affiliation with Cornell Law School.

Publication Citation

Published in: Georgia Law Review, vol. 32, no. 2 (Winter 1998).

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