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Rethinking the State-Local Relationship: K-12 Education

Margaret Weston | June 2011

Summary

Governor Brown’s administration has sparked renewed interest in “realignment”—that is, in changing how the state and localities divide responsibility for programs and services. This study examines the tradeoffs between state and local control of education finance, focusing on the state’s funding system for categorical programs. Thoughtful revisions to this system would be a good first step toward improving California’s approach to school finance.

This report is part of a PPIC series on rethinking the state-local relationship. The other reports in this series include:

This work is supported by funding from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and by contributions of unrestricted support to PPIC’s Donor Circle.

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