ERIC Number: ED083718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jun-12
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Final Report to the Senate Select Committee on School District Finance. Volume I.
California State Legislature, Sacramento. Senate Select Committee on School District Finance.
A consultant staff was selected to assist the Select Committee in its search for reform alternatives to achieve more equitable and efficient arrangements for financing and organizing educational services in California. The consultant staff describes here the problems facing California's school finance system and provides some recommendations. The discussion begins with the legal background of the problem--focusing on the 1971 Serrano vs Priest decision which found that in California the quality of a child's schooling depends on the wealth of his school district. A second major problem discussed is the inability of schools to focus resources on the types of children who are in the greatest need and to provide them with the specific kinds of services that would benefit them most. Evidence increasingly reveals that financial aid intended for low-income or low-achieving children frequently is "leaked" to the benefit of children of higher-income households. A third major problem discussed is that the present system of raising revenues for schools places an unfair burden on many of the State's citizens, particularly on low income homeowners and tenants. The report also discusses proposed distribution formulas and provides enrollment forecasts. (Author/JF)
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Authoring Institution: California State Legislature, Sacramento. Senate Select Committee on School District Finance.
Identifiers - Location: California