AEFP 44th Annual Conference Program
Chair:, UC Davis
Chair:, University of California
Chair:, Barnard College
Chair:, Syracuse University
Chair:, Dartmouth College
Chair:, Michigan State University
Chair:, Tulane University
Chair:, Boston University
Chair:, University of Southern California
Chair:, Vanderbilt University
Chair:, University of Missouri
Chair:, Rutgers University
As a discussion point for this panel, we posit that the State of Kansas has become an exemplar for school finance reform. Of particular interest is the role of high-quality empirical evidence, which has served to inform legislative and judicial deliberations over Kansas school finance reforms for two decades. This session will begin with discussion and analysis of additional contributors to the ongoing progress on Kansas school finance reforms, including 1) The 1966 Kansas Constitution Education Articles, the governance structure and obligations established in Article 6, which provides for an independently elected State Board of Education, with self-executing constitutional powers to oversee elementary and secondary education, and obligates the legislature to “make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state”; 2) the state’s judicial selection and retention process which has led to a panel of experienced high court judges with in-depth understanding of the complexities of school finance policy and its intersection with state constitutional requirements, 3) a legislature which has been generally responsive to judicial pressure, and supportive of obtaining and using high quality evidence, 4) a trusted and competent non-partisan legislative research division, and 5) legal counsel with deep knowledge and institutional history representing plaintiffs in several rounds and decades of litigation.
The Association for Education Finance and Policy is launching a new program targeted for current undergraduate or masters-level students from traditionally underrepresented populations to pursue further graduate work and careers in education policy, research, and finance.
The AEFP Pre-Doctorate Fellows program will take place March 21-23, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri at AEFP’s 44th Annual Conference. Researchers will present on topics such as financial aid and student debt in higher education, K-12 school choice and accountability, and addressing inequality in education systems. In addition, Fellows will have professional development sessions about applying to graduate school and career development.