2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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EQUITY AND ADEQUACY IN EDUCATION FUNDING

WHEREAS, more than half of the states in this nation have had law suits filed on the inequity of state school funding formulas and the adequacy of funding within school districts, and a significant number of court decisions have found funding disparities requiring more equitable funding plans; and

     WHEREAS, each state’s constitution uniquely describes its responsibility to guarantee and provide an adequate public education for every child; and

     WHEREAS, many of the disparities in education that stem from unequal funding and have been exposed by standards-based reforms, new assessments and accountability requirements, and performance standards established by the federal and state governments; and

     WHEREAS, the need to increase resources for students to meet these standards and this is more challenging in cities due to diverse demographics; and

     WHEREAS, recent research findings indicate that disadvantaged students require more resources than previously determined to meet the standards and assessment levels; and

     WHEREAS, current financial formulas lack enough dollars to help disadvantaged students reach or exceed the standards; and

     WHEREAS, in the last few months courts in at least three states (Montana, Massachusetts and Kansas) have cited results in state education tests as evidence that state legislatures are not providing an adequate education for all,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors urges state legislatures to step up and appropriate enough resources to enable all students to meet the standards; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls on school districts to equalize funding and resources within the district to accomplish equity and adequacy of funding for schools with significant numbers of low-income students so they, too, can be successful and meet the standards; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors encourages mayors to work with state legislatures and school systems to assist in determining funding and other resource solutions to make education funding systems within a state equitable and adequate, and therefore increase the opportunity for all students to meet the standards and achieve success.