ERIC Number: ED425499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Selected Readings on California School Finance.
EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
California's many school districts vary widely in makeup but all of them share certain characteristics. This booklet gives a synopsis of how these districts manage their educational dollars. An overview of California's schools, looks at enrollment figures, profiles of students, the distribution of district revenue, and categorical aid. The booklet outlines a chronology of school finance and examines California's K-12 school finance system, describing the complicated process that pays for the public education of almost six million students. This section examines sources of revenue for schools and the distribution of revenue, and closes with a perspective on school finance. The next part describes school finance for 1997-98, clarifying the sources of school revenues; how funds are allocated; statewide basic skills tests; and highlights for funding. A short section on understanding school budgets outlines the year-long process involved in creating a budget, followed by a description of the structure of state finance, which looks at the state's financial dilemmas, the components of the state's budget, and the budget process. An overview of categorical aid for the state and a comparison of California's finances to other states are provided. A glossary of school finance terms appears at the end. (RJM)
Descriptors: Budgets, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Program Budgeting, Public Education, School District Spending, School Funds
EdSource, Inc., 4151 Middlefield Road, Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4743.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hewlett Packard Co.
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California