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Vertical Equity

In education finance, vertical equity is defined by the notion that unequals should receive appropriately unequal treatments. Furthermore, vertical equity proposes that certain populations in a school system need more revenue depending on the qualification of these populations; hence, vertical equity has implications for K-12 funding mechanisms. This entry outlines the origin and evolution of the term vertical equity and its use in school finance as a methodological tool. Next, it relates vertical equity to economics by providing a conceptual framework for the term, thereby helping inform research, legislation, and policy in relation to public expenditures in education. The entry then outlines the limitations of vertical equity and concludes with some remarks regarding its utility.

Origins of Vertical Equity

The use of vertical equity as a term ...

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