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Funding California Schools: The Revenue Limit System

Margaret Weston | March 2010

Summary

California’s 978 school districts receive the majority of their funding through a formula known as “revenue limits.” While it is commonly believed that this funding is equitably distributed across districts, this is not the case. In 2005-2006, this funding differed across districts by as much as $3,871 per student. This report examines the components of the formula determining revenue limits, discusses the variations in funding, and considers potential reforms in school finance.

This report was supported with funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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