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The Search for Equity

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Tim LeeLecturer in Social Policy and Member, Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy, University of Bath

ISBN13: 9781859724132
ISBN: 1859724132
Published: May 1996
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Drawing on survey data, this work analyzes how equity is interpreted in practice by policy-makers constructing formulae for allocating budgets to schools. It looks at the problems faced by LEAs and argues that colloquial usage of equity provides little help to those wishing to put it into practice.

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The search for equity; setting the goal for equity - LMS and formula funding; need; equity; theory and practice in decision-making; equities in abundance - results of the LEA censuses; the rise and fall of equity as a policy goal - the case of Metro LEA; a procedural path to equity - the case of County LEA; unclear questions and unavailable data - the case of Shire LEA; great expectations and small achievements - the case of Borough LEA; the search for equity - analysis and discussion; conclusions - a research policy and agenda.