The Alchemy of ‘Costing Out’ an Adequate Education

Eric A. Hanushek
In Martin R. West and Paul E. Peterson (eds.)
Published Date
School Money Trials: The Legal Pursuit of Educational Adequacy
Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press
pp. 77-101
While people of diverse perspectives have offered reform plans and solutions, a prevailing argument is that the schools lack sufficient resources to support academic success, and a variety of parties have sued states to compel them to provide greater funding for education. A key question in those lawsuits-"What will it cost to improve student achievement?"-has led courts and legislatures to seek out a scientific determination of the amount of spending required by schools. And there has been no shortage of consultants offering to provide one.