A Programming Approach to Financing Public Education
Colburn, James; Boisvert, Richard N.
This paper demonstrates how linear programming can be used to derive optimal values of the parameters in formulas allocating state aid to public schools in New York. Although disparities in expenditures and tax rates among districts are not easily reduced by formula modifications, the model identifies tradeoffs between distributions of tax burdens and educational resources.
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University