ERIC Number: ED402669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Finances of Education Governance Reforms in California. Evidence from School District Spending Patterns. RAND Graduate School Dissertation.
Krop, Cathy S.
Today's education governance reform efforts call for new ways of allocating resources to public education to allow for more local control of budgetary decision making. This research begins by exploring the federal, state, and local mechanisms by which public education is supported in California before turning to an examination of how those resources are used by school districts. The variety of mechanisms by which school districts receive revenues and the constraints on local spending decisions leave open questions as to how districts allocate education dollars. Questions such as how this varies by districts with different characteristics, what tradeoffs districts make in their allocation decisions, and what degree of flexibility they have to make resource-allocation decisions are addressed. through California's financial reporting system and the detailed budgets of school districts, measures were constructed to show how much districts received in public funds from local, state, and federal governments and how the districts used those resources. School district expenditures were matched to district and student characteristics, and multivariate analyses were used to isolate the effect of individual district and student characteristics on spending on a variety of expenditure categories. Four figures and 42 tables are included. Appendices contain methodological notes. (Contains 79 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Decentralization, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Full State Funding, Local Government, Multivariate Analysis, Resource Allocation, School District Autonomy, School District Spending, State School District Relationship
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California