Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)

Department

Colby College. Education Program

Advisor(s)

Lauren Yoshizawa

Abstract

School funding policies aim to equalize school quality between districts of varying income levels, however, vast inequalities persist in our education system. This thesis examines how and why education funding policy, despite its high potential to create meaningful reform, continues to be a weak lever to promote equitable change in the education system in Massachusetts. After considering the rationales from previous scholars used to explain this phenomenon, interviews were conducted with three key stakeholder groups (policymakers, state advocates, and local leaders such as principals and superintendents), in order to produce a cross-sectional analysis of why education funding policy tends to fall short of its equity expectations. ×

Keywords

education policy, school funding, education advocacy, policymaking, education leadership, equity funding

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