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

By Dennis Patrick Leyden

This e-book is ready public schooling reform and the way forward for pubHc schooling investment. Given the numerous articles, books, and meetings that experience eager about the problem of public schooling reform, it really is average to invite even if the area 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 necessary little that attempts to caricature the large photograph. Too usually, either in learn and in perform, you can actually lose sight of the woodland, for the entire concentrate on the person bushes. whereas such designated research is of serious worth, that worth derives either from its specificity and from its skill to slot right into a greater, coherent complete. regrettably, our knowing of the general public schooling procedure remains to be incomplete and disconnected, quite in regards to the connections among study, coverage, and perform. This booklet is an try to step again for a second to get one's bearings earlier than leaping headlong again into the wooded area. it's my desire that this publication can be of price to a large choice of reader- researchers in departments of economics and colleges of schooling, coverage makers in any respect degrees, and, after all, the practitioners plodding away within the trenches.

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As a result, the addition of another intergovernmental grant program will require a higher tax rate s and that higher tax rate will result in additional political costs (noted by the c' in Equation 2-7). Hence, the dominant political coalition will find it advantageous to increase the number of individual grant programs only as long as the additional political benefits are not exceeded by the additional political costs. As the number of individual grant programs increases, the political benefit of still another grant program will fall as more and more constituents become satisfied by the set of grant programs already in place.

See Fisher (1982), Logan (1986), and Mueller (1989) for critiques of the various characterizations. For examples of empirical studies which investigate the existence of fiscal illusion, see Winer (1983) and Grossman (1990). A General Theory of Intergovernmental Grants 37 Figure 2-8. Political support for the dominant political coalition without spillovers be dominated by an essentially different population than that which elects the donor-government representative. When there are no spillovers, intergovernmental grants to jurisdictions whose representatives are not members of the dominant political coalition (see jurisdiction 3 in Figure 2-8) do not contribute to the dominant political coalition's net aggregate political support ^ .

Hence, a more complex intergovernmental grants system can be expected to result in a greater level of political support b', although, as discussed in the next section, such increased complexity will also result in increased costs. Thus, Equation 2-5 can be restated as: where b' is a positive, strictly concave function of its arguments. 3 Characterization and Solution to the Legislature's Problem An individual member of the legislature is, of course, unable to put into place a system of intergovernmental grant programs unilaterally.

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