Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Jose R. Hinojosa

Second Advisor

Dr. William Turk

Third Advisor

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.


Copyright 2002 Christopher Duque. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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