Why do school district budget referenda fail?

Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Randy A. Ehrenberg, Christopher L. Smith, Liang Zhang

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Abstract

Our article analyzes historical data for New York State on the percentage of school board budget proposals that are defeated each year and panel data that we have collected on budget vote success for individual school districts in the state. We find that changes in state aid have little impact on budget vote success. Defeating a budget in one year increases the likelihood that voters will defeat a budget the next year. Finally, districts have a lower probability of having their budget proposals defeated when their school board members have longer terms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-125
Number of pages15
JournalEducational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Volume26
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2004

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Keywords

  • Budget referenda
  • School district finance

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Ehrenberg, R. G., Ehrenberg, R. A., Smith, C. L., & Zhang, L. (2004). Why do school district budget referenda fail? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 26(2), 111-125.

Why do school district budget referenda fail? / Ehrenberg, Ronald G.; Ehrenberg, Randy A.; Smith, Christopher L.; Zhang, Liang.

In: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Vol. 26, No. 2, 06.2004, p. 111-125.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Ehrenberg, RG, Ehrenberg, RA, Smith, CL & Zhang, L 2004, 'Why do school district budget referenda fail?', Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 111-125.
Ehrenberg RG, Ehrenberg RA, Smith CL, Zhang L. Why do school district budget referenda fail? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. 2004 Jun;26(2):111-125.
Ehrenberg, Ronald G. ; Ehrenberg, Randy A. ; Smith, Christopher L. ; Zhang, Liang. / Why do school district budget referenda fail?. In: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. 2004 ; Vol. 26, No. 2. pp. 111-125.
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