The gaps of school funding and student achievement are particularly pronounced in Illinois, raising statewide concerns about the inequity of school funding and the injustice of the achievement gap. While Illinois educators generally recognize the differences in funding levels and achievement levels in Illinois schools, studies to determine the relationships between the two are lacking. This study examines the relationship between per pupil spending and student achievement in Illinois elementary schools. This study also examines the relationship between student achievement and racial composition of the school and between student achievement and poverty level of the school. Additionally, relationships between per pupil spending and racial composition of the school and per pupil spending and poverty level of the school are examined. Finally, this study investigates the perceptions of principals on how funding inequity in their school affects student achievement.
|Commitee:||Meinz, Elizabeth, Reeves, Alison|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education finance, Educational leadership|
|Keywords:||Achievement gap, Funding inequity|
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