Problems and Issues in Public School Finance: An Analysis and Summary of Significant Research and Experience

Problems and Issues in Public School Finance: An Analysis and Summary of Significant Research and Experience

Problems and Issues in Public School Finance: An Analysis and Summary of Significant Research and Experience

Problems and Issues in Public School Finance: An Analysis and Summary of Significant Research and Experience

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During the early months of 1950, the Public Education Finance Committee of the National Citizens Commission for the Public Schools began to develop plans for studies of public school finance which seemed to be needed as a basis for determining materials of interest to lay citizens throughout the country. It soon became apparent to members of this committee that published and unpublished materials in the field of school finance were so numerous that the problem of assembling and digesting them would require considerably more time and effort than could reasonably be given by members of a lay group with many other responsibilities. After carefully considering various alternatives, the Public Education Finance Committee decided that an analysis and summary of research findings and of significant experiences in the field of public school finance were urgently needed and that this could best be done by competent authorities in the field of education.

At the meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration held at Cornell University in August, 1950, Roy E. Larsen, Chairman of the National Citizens Commission for the Public Schools, presented and explained the proposals of the Public Education Finance Committee for studies in the field of public school finance. He expressed the hope that the NCPEA or some of its members would be interested in assuming responsibility for one of these studies.

After carefully reviewing the proposals, the membership of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration decided that an analysis and summary of significant research findings and experiences in the field of public school finance would be of material benefit to all the members of the Conference as well as of the National Citizens Commission. The Conference therefore agreed to sponsor this study. It was decided that the project could best be carried out by a special project committee selected for that purpose by the chairman of the Conference Planning Committee. Significantly . . .

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