The Unending Search for Equity: California Policy, the New School Finance, and the Williams Case.

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This paper examines school finance as a potential solution for inequity, identifying problems with the conventional solution of simply providing additional funding when inequities and inadequacies appear. The paper notes that states have developed a large roster of policy instruments, or state mechanisms of achieving educational policy. California's finance system is complex, and while it establishes greater equity in funding in some provisions, it undermines them in others. School finance reforms have always been argued in terms of dollars spent on schooling. New school finance, instead, concentrates on how dollars are actually used within classrooms and schools to produce desirable educational outcomes. In California, the most recent in a long line of litigation promoting greater equity is Williams v. State of California. This case provides an example of a new school finance lawsuit, since the facts of the case (too many uncredentialed teachers, inadequate and outdated textbooks, and inadequate and deteriorating facilities) move beyond dollars to the instructional conditions students experience in schools and classrooms. The paper asserts that solutions for these inequalities may require a complex combination of top-down funding patterns with a bottom-up process based on inequities in either instructional conditions or outputs. (Contains 148 references.)
Grubb, W. Norton; Goe, Laura
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