School Finance Systems and Their Responsiveness to Performance Pressures

A Case Study of Texas

by Janet S. Hansen, Julie A. Marsh, Gina Schuyler Ikemoto, Heather Barney

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This working paper presents the results of one of four case studies conducted under the auspices of the School Finance Redesign Project (SFRP) at the University of Washington. SFRP encompasses research, development, and communications activities that examine how K-12 finance can be redesigned to better support student performance. It addresses the question, “How can we help schools achieve the higher levels of student performance that state and national education standards now demand?” The case studies aimed at identifying the formal rules and conditioning influences that described these systems and exploring if and how the systems were changing in response to heightened performance pressures.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Approach and Methods

  • Chapter Three

    Education Reform in Texas: A Brief History

  • Chapter Four

    The State Role in School Finance

  • Chapter Five

    State Context for Current Policy Making

  • Chapter Six

    District- and School-Level Perspectives on the School Finance System

  • Chapter Seven

    State-Level Perspectives on the School Finance System

  • Chapter Eight

    Conclusion

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