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ERIC Number: EJ1203209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Conceptualizing Equity in the Implementation of California Education Finance Reform
Allbright, Taylor N.; Marsh, Julie A.; Hall, Michelle; Tobben, Laura; Picus, Lawrence O.; Lavadenz, Magaly
American Journal of Education, v125 n2 p173-200 Feb 2019
We examine how district administrators' conceptions of equity relate to the implementation of finance reform. We use sensemaking theory and four views of equity--libertarian, liberal, democratic liberal, and transformative--to guide a case study of two districts, finding evidence of two conceptions of equity: (1) greater resources for students with greater needs and (2) equal distribution of resources for all students. One district demonstrated an organization-wide belief in the first conception, whereas the other conveyed individual-level understandings of both conceptions. These beliefs were mirrored in resource allocation decisions and informed by districts' student demographics, organizational identities, and perceptions of adequacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California