Vol 15, No 9 (2019)

Property Tax Cap Policy in Indiana and Implications for Public School Funding Equity

The purpose of this research was to examine funding losses experienced by preschool to grade 12 (P–12) public school districts in Indiana, U.S., from an equity standpoint after the implementation of statewide property tax caps. All Indiana public school districts (N = 292) rely on property taxes as a major source of revenue, but districts experienced widely varying losses after the tax reform. Analyses across an array of district characteristics revealed significant relationships between differential funding losses and demographic indicators, including total student enrollment and the percentages of certain minoritized students. Implications for policy and practice
include the integration of findings with essential research on funding equity in public education and attention on leadership toward reducing funding disparities.

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Policy and Leadership

Scott J. Bowling, Lori G. Boyland, Kim M. Kirkeby
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