Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Study of Missouri School Funding: Equity Comparison of SB 287 to SB 380
by Buck, David W., Ed.D., Missouri Baptist University, 2011, 342; 3518910
Abstract (Summary)

SB 287 is the Missouri education funding formula that is being phased in over seven years, replacing SB 380. It was created in response to a lawsuit by districts across Missouri against the state of Missouri. The lawsuit claimed that SB 380 was neither equitable nor adequate. After the creation of SB 287, the state of Missouri won the lawsuit. In 2011, SB 287 was discussed in the legislature as funding shortages caused the state to be unable to fully fund it. In 2011, legislators considered rewriting SB 287 and it may be reworked or rewritten in the near future in response to the revenue shortage in the state.

The purpose of this study was to determine if SB 287 is more equitable than SB 380. This was done with the six nationally recognized measures of equity: the McLoone Index, the coefficient of variance, range, restricted range, the Gini Index and the Federal Range Ratio. These six measures were run on all district's revenue, revenue per ADA and expenditure per ADA comparing FY 10 (the most current on-the-shelf data DESE has available at the time of this study) to FY 06 (the last year the funding formula was solely under SB 380).

The results of the six measures of equity in the three lenses show that only three of the 18 measures reject the null hypothesis that FY 10 is less equitable than FY 06. In 15 of the 18 measures, SB 380 circa FY 06 was more equitable than SB 287 circa FY 10.

Recommendations for future study include a look into adequacy of SB 287, the effect and purpose of Hold Harmless status, and the current institutional memory / knowledge of the Missouri General Assembly of why SB 380 and SB 287 came into existence and the factors they will use in creating a replacement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thompson, Mary Sue
Commitee: Gaines, Chris, Morrow, Terry
School: Missouri Baptist University
Department: Education Division
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 73/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education finance, Education Policy, Finance
Keywords: Education, Finance, Missouri, Policy, SB 287, SB 380
Publication Number: 3518910
ISBN: 978-1-267-51253-6
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