Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Are poor kids getting the worst teachers?: How California's school finance policies are leading to intra-district inequity in the distribution of teachers
by Pollard, Erin Marie, M.P.P., Georgetown University, 2010, 50; 1475109
Abstract (Summary)

In California, a state that has made considerable effort to equalize school spending between districts, there is inequality in spending within districts that occurs due to teacher transfer provisions. Within districts with the greatest range of percent of students in poverty, a 10% increase in the number of students in poverty yields a 0.6% decrease in teacher wages, ceteris paribus. Similarly, within districts with the greatest range of diversity, a 10 percentage point increase in the number of black students leads to a 1.5% decrease in teacher wages and a 10 percentage point increase in the number of Hispanic students yields a 0.78% decrease in teacher wages. These findings suggest that actions to increase equity in resource allocation across schools may be justified.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jacobson, Jonathan E.
School: Georgetown University
Department: Public Policy & Policy Management
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 48/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Education finance, Education Policy, School administration
Keywords: California, Distribution of spending, Inequality of resources, Intra-district inequality, School finance, Teacher quality, Teacher transfer
Publication Number: 1475109
ISBN: 978-1-109-71942-0
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