Yearly Archives: 2006


District Dollars: Painting a Picture of Revenues and Expenditures in California’s School Districts

PACE Co-Director Susanna Loeb has published a report analyzing the revenues and expenditures of California schools districts.  The report, entitled “District Dollars: Painting a Picture of Revenues and Expenditures in California’s School Districts” was co-authored by Jason Grissom and Katharine Strunk.  It was released in March 2007, along with the other “Getting Down to Facts” studies.  In their report the authors examine spending and revenues across districts and across time, and compare the patterns that they observe in California to patterns in other states.  Among other things, they find that California school districts differ dramatically in the amount of money that they have to spend, but that they spend the money they have in generally similar ways.

Crucial Issues in California Education, 2006: Rekindling Reform

Crucial Issues in California Education, 2006 provides the education community with an overview of key policy topics grounded in lessons learned from recent research and practice. Authors locate issues within the context of the state’s standards and accountability system and current fiscal realities. Each chapter includes demographic and historic perspective, data and analysis, and proposals for long-term structural remedies. Crucial Issues serves as a dynamic reference volume for anyone interested in today’s education policy landscape.

Errata: Please note, we wrongly attribute the request of the “Getting Down To Facts” school finance research to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Education Excellence. The studies were jointly requested by Governor Schwarzenegger’s Committee on Education Excellence, Democratic leaders in the State Legislature and Jack O’Connell, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Snapshots of Reform: District Efforts to Raise Achievement across Diverse Communities in California

State Strategies To Improve Low-Performing Schools: California's High Priority School Grants Program

Tom Timar is an Associate Professor of Education at U.C. Davis. He has spent much of his career focusing on education policy and governance, and school finance. He is the author of a new study which examines how schools spent High Priority Schools Grant (HPSG) Program funds.

Is the No Child Left Behind Act Working? The Reliability of How States Track Achievement