Adequacy Concepts In Public Education

When explaining adequacy concepts, the researcher needs to know that it from each stakeholder’s viewpoint that the concept is originated. Adequacy in public education means different things to different people depending on their circumstances. Augenblick, Myers, and Anderson (1997) state that state supreme courts have found the finance systems unconstitutional in 16 states and there are many states still actively involved in the litigation process. They continue by stating that where litigation has not occurred or has been victorious, the prospect of future litigation has prompted many revisions in the state funding process.

One adequacy concept is the use of categorical programs. Categorical programs are budgets that provide funds for specific purposes. These were paid for by using a flat grant. Most of the time the budget is figured out by using so many dollars per eligible child. This could upset the equity issue because if one blind child needs one special education teacher on a one to one basis, the funding for that teacher will upset the balance. This will take away some of the adequacy funds that were supposed to across the board to make sure that every child has an adequate education and materials to do so.




Augenblick, J., Myers, J., & Anderson, A. (1997).Equity and adequacy in school funding. The Future of Our Children, 7(3). Retrieved on June 3, 2009 from


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