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From Potential to Action: Bringing Social Impact Bonds to the U.S.

May 15, 2012

Examines the structure, benefits, stakeholders, and potential for and economics of social impact bonds in the areas of homelessness and criminal justice, including meaningful savings, proven interventions, and capacity, with a focus on juvenile justice.

Funding Formulas for California Schools III: An Analysis of Governor Brown's Weighted Pupil Funding Formula

May 1, 2012

Outlines the policy priorities of the weighted pupil funding formula proposed in the state's 2012-13 budget. Analyzes the revenue districts with high percentages of disadvantaged students would receive compared to other districts and 2010-11 allocations.

California's New School Funding Flexibility

May 10, 2011

Recommends improving on temporary provisions to relax spending restrictions on school districts' categorical funding. Calls for a more equitable distribution of funds, clear criteria for flexibility and alternative configurations, and some restrictions.

Pathways for School Finance in California

November 10, 2010

Simulates school finance reforms to equalize core program funding rates, shifting categorical programs to unrestricted support, raising funding for high-poverty districts, and adjusting regional rates. Focuses on special education and Economic Impact Aid.

School Finance Reform

November 10, 2010

Outlines the history, structure, and critiques of California's school finance system that it is inequitable, inadequately funded, and overly complex. Proposes principles for reform and a strategy to achieve them through small investments over time.

Funding California Schools: The Revenue Limit System

March 1, 2010

Analyzes variations in per-student funding across districts under the current school finance system by examining the components used to calculate funds, including adjustments for falling enrollment and small schools. Recommends simplifying adjustments.