Bond Issues and Campaigns

Title Abstract Publication Date
State Initiatives and Referenda on Bonds: A Comparative Analysis of One Solution for the School Infrastructure Crisis To understand how the political dynamics of state bond elections could affect education funding, this study analyzed factors influencing voter support on all 319 state ballot initiatives or referenda... 03/31/1999
Strategic Bonding. Many school buildings are in dire need of renovation, expansion, or replacement. Brief case studies from around the country illustrate the importance of finding out why people vote for or against a... 06/30/2003
Superintendents Apply Local Creativity to National School Facilities Problem. As school district leaders find themselves in communities where only a quarter, or fewer, of residents have children in public schools, the response to bond issue proposals is often less than... 03/20/2000
Taking Stock of School Bonds. Presents an interview with Kit Dunn, a specialist in school district information services, about the importance of communication with the community, especially concerning school bond referenda. 12/31/2002
Targeted for Growth. Discusses the experiences of one school district in Kansas City (Missouri) in gaining community support and involvement in planning for increased student enrollment while providing the best... 03/31/1998
The Alchemy of Passing a Property Tax Referendum: Reflections on a Successful Campaign. Describes campaign to successfully pass a 4-year property tax referendum in Sarasota County, Florida. 05/31/2003
The Bond Buyer The Bond Buyer is the authoritative daily source dedicated to the municipal bond market. In addition to a daily newspaper, there is an online service, archive, yearbook, and directory for contact...
The Effects of Technology Inclusion on School Bond Election Success in Oklahoma. Examines the effects of including technology funding in Oklahoma school district bond issues on their voting percentages and pass/fail rates during fiscal years 1995-96 through 1999-2000. Finds that... 03/31/2003
The High School Space Race: Implications of a School-Choice Market Environment for a Michigan Metropolitan Region. Examines the implications of competition between school districts in a mid-Michigan metropolitan area. Over the past decade, many urban and suburban districts have found themselves competing over per... 10/31/2008
The Impact of Bond Rating Related Decisions for School Districts: A Multistage Bond Rating Model. Asserting that school district officials facing the need of extensive capital expenditures must analyze all sources of funding, this paper focuses on the predominant local funding mechanism of the... 02/28/2002
The Impact of Property Wealth and Income Wealth on School Bond Elections. Examines the linkage between facility bond elections and the indicators of wealth (property valuation and income) and the appropriateness of relying on property valuations as the primary indicator of... 12/31/1996
The Landslide Passage of a Seven Million Dollar School Bond Referendum in Rural Virginia. This paper describes a campaign for the passage of a 1989 bond referendum for the construction of two elementary schools in rural Lunenburg County, Virginia. The article, written from the perspective... 03/31/1990
The Levy Process and Your Constituents: Know the Issues. Advises school districts on surveying voters to determine their concerns and help ensure a successful levy process. Typical issues include public interest in education, the economy, student safety,... 04/30/2006
The Majority Rule Act. EdSource Election Brief: Proposition 26 This article summarizes The Majority Rule Act for Smaller Classes, Safer Schools and Financial Accountability (Proposition 26). The Majority Rule Act deals with the percentage vote that a school... 12/31/1999
The Ohio School Facilities Commission. Revamping the State's School Construction Projects. Presents an interview with the Ohio School Facilities Commission's (OSFC) Executive Director Randy Fischer who discusses the OSFC's history and its work in managing K-12 school facilities... 02/28/2001
The Senior Block: Mature Citizens Can Make or Break the Best of Plans. Addresses the need to gain the approval of mature voters when funding schools. This constituency is typically politically active, frequently without children attending school, and often wary of... 09/30/2008
The Sequence of Decisions Facing School District Officials in the Bond Issuing Process: A Multistage Model. Models three-stage bond-rating process: whether to have a bond rated, whether to insure the bond, and estimation of the actual bond rating; tests multistage model empirically using sample of 148 bond... 06/30/2002
The Subtle Stuff. Discusses behind-the-scenes factors that may help ensure the success of a school bond campaign. These include appropriate up front funding of the school construction proposal, the engagement of an... 10/31/2006
The Value of School Facilities: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression Discontinuity Design. Analyzes the impact of voter-approved school bond issues on school district balance sheets, local housing prices, and student achievement. The paper uses California's system of school finance to... 11/30/2008
The Value of School Facility Investments: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression Discontinuity Design. Estimates the value of school facility investments using housing markets: standard models of local public goods imply that school districts should spend up to the point where marginal increases would... 01/31/2011
The Winning School Bond: A Citizen's Guide to a Successful School Bond Campaign. This is a step-by-step guide on organizing an advocacy group to support a school bond initiative. This covers all aspects of the campaign from what to do before one organizes a committee through... 12/31/2001
Transparency. Describes how four school districts experience failed bond elections, and then rebounded with wins by being more transparent to the community, involving the community in decision making, and exerting... 12/31/2008
Try, Try, Again: A Two-Step Strategy for Passing School Levies. Passing property tax issues is an increasing challenge for many school districts. This article examines 21 school levy strategies identified through a literature review associated with successful... 12/31/2007
Turning the Tide: Anatomy of a Successful Tax Increase Vote. Describes how Ipswich, Massachusetts, succeeded in passing a property tax increase in an area where property taxes were already deemed high, increases to property taxes are restricted, and every... 12/31/2008
Undertaking a Bond Issue Campaign. Offers advice for creating community consensus and subsequent approval of a bond campaign by suggesting committees that should be formed around the campaign and their duties. The facilities study... 10/31/2005

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