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ERIC Number: ED441288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
How Much Is Enough? Funding California's Public Schools. EdSource Report.
Perry, Mary
California's public school system lacks the capacity to deliver on today's higher standards and expectations for all its students. Educators and policymakers believe that greater capacity will require additional funding. The more complex question, however, is, "How much funding would be adequate for California public schools?" This report describes the school-finance controversies in California that limit the state's answers to some degree. Within the context of the currently highly complex, state-controlled California school-finance system, both the level of funding and the allocation process are controversial and frustrating for educators. Some key issues energize the discussion; for example, with per-pupil expenditures well below the national average and the high cost of living, California's public schools have had less money to work with than the majority of their counterparts, particularly in the nation's other industrial states. The assumption that the level of school funding and how funds are used, should, in some way, be linked to expectations for student and school-system performance is central to the concept of funding adequacy. Accordingly, determining how much funding is enough requires moving from a formula based on what is available to one that requires some consensus about what outcomes are desired from the system and agreement about the best way to get them. A two-page executive summary is appended. (DFR)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California