Financing education systems

| March 22, 2011

Title: Financing education systems

Authors: Bruce D. Baker, Preston Green, Craig E. Richards

Publisher: Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall

Call Number: LB2825 .B25 2008

From the Publisher:

This book provides a comprehensive, graduate level overview of the interdisciplinary field of school finance, while establishing a firm understanding of the relationship between school finance systems to their broader economic, political and sociological context.

  • Organization: This book is organized around (a) context, (b) equity, (c) adequacy and (d) productivity and efficiency. This spiraled curriculum allows you to revisit basic ideas and build on them for an understanding of the full range of associated theories, concepts, and skills.
  • Research Base: This text is based on the best available and most up-to-date empirical research by leading scholars across the various fields related to school finance policy.
  • Simulation Activities: This text inlcudes numerous spreadsheet simulation and data analysis activities.  The authors have developed user friendly simulations with thorough documentation regarding the use and underlying assumptions of the simulation.
  • Companion Website: Includes up-to-date, downloadable versions of all chapter simulations and sample powerpoint slides.

About the Authors:

Bruce Baker is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. From 1997 to 2008 he was a professor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. He is lead author with Preston Green (Penn State University) and Craig Richards(Teachers College, Columbia University) of Financing Education Systems, a graduate level textbook on school finance policy published by Merrill/Prentice-Hall. Professor Baker has written a multitude of peer reviewed research articles on state school finance policy, teacher labor markets, school leadership labor markets and higher education finance and policy. His recent work has focused on measuring cost variations associated with schooling contexts and student population characteristics, including ways to better design state school finance policies and local district allocation formulas (including Weighted Student Funding) for better meeting the needs of students.

Dr. Preston Green comes to Penn State from the University of Massachusetts where he served as an associate professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration and as assistant dean for pre-major advising services. Dr. Green holds an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.

Professor Green’s research has focused on the legal issues surrounding charter schools and the impact of the law on minority and disadvantaged students’ ability to obtain a quality education. He has co-authored a recently published book, Charter Schools and the Law: Establishing New Legal Relationships, with Julie Mead. He is also the co-author of the forthcoming book, Financing Education Systems, with Craig Richards and Bruce Baker. He publishes regularly in educational journals and law reviews, including West’s Education Law ReporterBrigham Young University Law and Education Journal, and the Texas Forum on Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. Dr. Green has taught courses relating to the legal and policy aspects of personnel management, labor relations, and social justice issues.

Craig E. Richards is currently a Professor of Education and Professor of Education Director, Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University. His scholarly interests include: school finance, equity, adequacy, and efficiency, especially the dynamics of state policy in promoting or undermining them. Institutional incentives. The strengths and weaknesses of market approaches to education. Performance accountability systems. Ecological and dynamic systems modeling of educational processes and outcomes.

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