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ERIC Number: ED515625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
School Finance Reform. At Issue
Weston, Margaret
Public Policy Institute of California
Californians are very concerned about funding for their K-12 public schools. They consistently say that K-12 education should be protected from spending cuts over and above any other area of the state budget. California's system of school finance is in trouble. Many studies have found it to be inequitable, with wide variation in per-pupil funding. Prominent critics charge that schools do not receive enough resources from the state to enable all students to meet California's academic standards. The system is governed by such a complex array of laws and formulas that only a few experts truly understand how it works. This paper describes California's school finance system, reviews its key challenges, offers principles for reform, and outlines pathways toward a more equitable, adequately funded, and transparent system. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures and 29 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Institute of California
Identifiers - Location: California