Date of Award
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Dr. Jose R. Hinojosa
Dr. William Turk
Dr. Miguel de los Santos
The thesis examines which factors or school district inputs, i.e., financial, socio-economic, and administrative have a significant effect on student performance in Texas' school districts. The thesis is divided into five chapters, the introduction and the legal history of school finance reform, the history of Texas school finance policies and the current school finance policy, the literature review, the hypothesis and methodology, and the findings and conclusion of the thesis. The percentage of economically disadvantaged students was found to be significantly related to student performance in the thesis. And the thesis concludes that the state's school finance equalization policy has generally succeeded in negating the importance of local revenue to fund education.
University of Texas-Pan American