Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Analysis of the Impact of the Local Effort Capacity Index on Fiscal Equity Principles in the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Formula
by Wilson, Jolinda C., Ed.D., Shippensburg University, 2018, 80; 10823643
Abstract (Summary)

The 2016 adoption of the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding (BEF) formula changed the way school districts received money from the state for general subsidy purposes. The BEF formula was created by the Basic Education Funding Commission to gradually replace a system of funding that was considered by many to be inequitable. The formula attempts to capture the costs of educating students by including student demographic factors like poverty, English language learner status, and charter school enrollments, and district factors such as sparsity size, median household income, and the local tax effort and capacity index. This study examines the effect of the inclusion of the local effort capacity index (LECI) on the formula by measuring its effect on fiscal equity principles. Horizontal equity, vertical equity, and fiscal neutrality are calculated using the statistical measures of federal range ratio, coefficient of variation, McLoone index, Gini index, Pearson correlation coefficient, and coefficient of determination.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fowler, Gerald
Commitee: Vandrew, Alan, Wright, Tiffany
School: Shippensburg University
Department: Educational Leadership and Special Education
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education finance, Education Policy
Keywords: Basic Education Funding Formula, Education funding, Fiscal equity principles, Local effort capacity index, Pennsylvania
Publication Number: 10823643
ISBN: 978-0-438-43368-7
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