ERIC Number: ED208471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Revenue/Expenditure Limits and Override Elections: The Experience of California School Districts.
Osman, Jack W.; Gemello, John M.
The revenue and expenditure limit contained in California's SB-90 legislation was the legislature's response to the Supreme Court's mandate to equalize spending among the state's public schools. An escape valve written into SB-90 granted districts the power to override the revenue limit by a simple majority vote. This paper examines the strategies employed by districts to gain passage of the overrides; the factors associated with the passage of the referenda; and the implications of these elections for the goal of equity in school spending. It was found that districts that have previously succeeded in passing overrides are much more likely to be successful in passing subsequent overrides than other districts. Voter turnout was found to depend on aspects of the timing of the election, financial consideration of the districts, the socioeconomic status of the district's residents, and the race or ethnicity of the students. Findings also suggest that the fiscal impact of the override elections is antiequalizing. Districts passing overrides tend to be above the median in family incomes and district wealth. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Finance Reform, Fiscal Capacity, School Budget Elections, School Districts, School Support, State Aid, Tax Effort
Publications, Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance, School of Education/CERAS Bldg., Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.