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The Lottery, Southern States, and the Federal Government: A Formula For Perpetual Success Or Inevitable Destruction In Education Policy?

Author: RODNEY E. STANLEY and P. EDWARD FRENCH
Published in PAQ, Vol. 28 No. 4

State operated lotteries have recently been asserted by public
administrators and academicians as panaceas for eradicating revenue
disparities existing across public school districts in the American states.
The purpose of this research project is to empirically confirm the
accusations against attributing credibility to this social intervention
program because educational disparity portrays a grave injustice in the
U.S. Pooled time series cross sectional analysis is the methodology
mechanism employed to test the data in this research project. This study
found that lotteries, since their inception, despite expressed high regards,
display insufficient significance in generating revenue for educational
programs in the southern states. One highly probable reason for the
lottery’s insignificant effect in generating educational revenue is the idea
of fungibility. One of the major limitations of this study is the small
sample size of only using southern states to test the theory that lotteries
contribute significantly to educational expenditures in the southern states
of America. Using pooled time series cross sectional analysis of all fifty
states is a highly recommended approach for future studies concernedwith
assessing the impact of lotteries on public education expenditures.

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