Date of Award

12-1982

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name

M.P.A.

Department

Public Administration

Abstract

Education is considered the single most important factor in determining the economic and social well-being of a state. This statement aptly applies to the State of Georgia which ranks very low among other states in the nation in overall educational financing. Though education is a state responsibility in Georgia, there is a considerable measure of local control. Local financial contribution toward education in the state is met mainly through the property tax which differs markedly among the school districts/systems. This difference reflects in the amount of money available to the schools for educational purposes. An analytical study of randomly selected school districts in Georgia reveals that the wealthy districts spend more on education, levy less property tax, and can afford to support their schools on money derived from their tax base with or without state supplemental funding. The study further shows that disparities in wealth among school districts· create problems for equalizing educational opportunities and makes recommendations aimed at meliorating the situation.

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