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Did Serrano Cause a Decline in School Spending

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  • Silva, Fabio
  • Sonstelie, Jon

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Compared to the national average, California's public school spending per pupil fell by 23 percent from 1970 to 1990. Finds that about half of the decline can be attributed to Sererano v. Priest, the 1971 California Supreme Court ruling that required equal spending per pupil across school districts in the state. The remainder can be attributed to the rapid enrollment growth in California during the 1980's.

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  • Silva, Fabio & Sonstelie, Jon, 1995. "Did Serrano Cause a Decline in School Spending," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 48(2), pages 199-215, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:48:y:1995:i:2:p:199-215
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