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Financing Education in a Climate of Change (11th Edition) [Hardcover]

Vern R. Brimley , Deborah A. Verstegen , Ruland R. Garfield
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February 7, 2011 0137071361 978-0137071364 11

For educational administration and leadership students taking school finance courses.


A popular, user-friendly school finance text that is both current and comprehensive.  

The newly revised eleventh edition of this classic school finance text retains its practical tone and superior presentation while adding the most up-to-date information and material regarding education finance. Providing readers with a firm knowledge of all facets of financing education — along with a number of helpful pedagogical tools such as clear tables and end-of-chapter assignment projects — this new edition adds information on hot button topics including the economics of education, recent and relevant court decisions, and the ongoing debate about school vouchers, tax credits, and charter schools.

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Covering the most current and relevant topics in the quickly changing world of education finance, the newly revised eleventh edition of Financing Education in a Climate of Change continues its tradition of providing readers with a comprehensive and engaging examination of school finances in America. Popular among instructors and students alike, this text offers excellent coverage of the most important topics in education finances, including state tax structures, the economy of education, education tax credits, church/state school issues, the charter school debate, and equitable education funding.


This newest edition of this seminal text includes 50-state comparison charts, new ancillary materials, updated references, and a wealth of new material regarding recent court decisions, the economic recession, and the economic benefits of education. In addition, a new author, Deborah Verstegen, contributes her expertise on the subject of education financing and offers new perspectives on classic topics.


Hallmark features:  

  • A readable, engaging tone makes it easy and pleasurable for readers to build a foundation of knowledge regarding school financing. 
  • A balanced perspective that takes both the student and the taxpayer into consideration gives readers a complete picture of the economy of education. 
  • The inclusion of the most current events and issues makes certain that students understand the most recent and relevant topics in the quickly changing world of education finance. 
  • Extensive charts and tables illustrate complex concepts and comparisons in a clear and easy-to-understand way.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 11 edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137071361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137071364
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars School Finance February 15, 2012
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I am reading this book for a class I am taking at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The authors makes strong arguments for the importance of equalizing education for all students while providing tax relief to citizens. They do a terrific job of explaining the research behind education and economics while working through the complicated topic of school finance formulas. This book is not only relevant for school administrators in Nebraska, but for the average taxpayer across the country as well. I recommend this textbook to anyone who is interested in learning more about their taxes, government spending, and/or educational finance reform.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I was forced by my college to buy this book January 11, 2013
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College of St. Rose forced its students to pay 145 dollars for this useless book. All the info could be found on line, most of the chapters are from other texts. The Professors are forced to give assignments from this rag. I'm out 145 dollars and it sucks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!! March 15, 2013
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This book is quite informative, relevant and has some prime examples of the economic challenges that school face. The price is heavy but I think the book is worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book! August 18, 2013
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This was a required text for an educational leadership finance course I had to take for my master's program. I actually enjoyed reading this book, because it not only covers the financing of education, but also goes into the history of taxation in our country. I am so glad I ordered it as an e-book, because now I can refer back to it on my iPad anytime!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Student April 2, 2012
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I am reading this book for graduate level coursework and disgusted at the poor writing. There is extensive lack of editing within the book. There are typos and errors even in chapter headings. I have no idea how this is the 11th ed. of the book with this many editors and authors and still has so many errors. The errors and poor writing make it ridiculously confusing and difficult to read. I have no idea how this publishing company can reasonably market this book for this price without taking better time to edit it. The content also is extremely limited. I'm only through the first two chapters, but most of the evidence and points given are examples of things that have no relation to each other whatsoever. I would not recommend this book, if you have to have it for class--good luck-hope your professor gives you better content than this book!
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