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Fiscal Disparity in Virginia Schools

1. Examine and evaluate the disparity of Virginia's budget allocation for education and property tax to the various localities.

2. Based on your assessment, challenge or defend the equity of the system across the various localities.

Reference:
Mikesell, J. L. (2010). Fiscal administration: Analysis and applications for the public sector (8th ed.: 2010 custom edition). Mason, Ohio: Cengage Learning. Chapter 13

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1. Examine and evaluate the disparity of Virginia's budget allocation for education and property tax to the various localities.

In Virginia the School Division receives the majority of its funding from local sources such as real estate and personal property taxes. For example, in the year 2009-2010 school year 67 percent of its revenue was from local sources. The property tax in Virginia causes disparities in School Division funding because all counties do not uniformly allocate personal property tax to the School Division. Way back in 1971, the California Supreme Court ruled that the state system for funding public schools was unconstitutional due to inherent disparities created by variances in local taxpaying abilities. In response the Virginia General Assembly inserted the words "seek to" in the education clause of the constitution. Now the disparities in the state system of education become difficult to challenge ...

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The answer to this problem explains the disparity of Virginia's budget allocation for education and property tax to the various localities.. The references related to the answer are also included.

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