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Accountability and Local Control: Response to Incentives with and without Authority over Resource Generation and Allocation

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  • Susanna Loeb

    () (School of Education, Stanford University)

  • Katharine Strunk

    () (School of Education, Stanford University)

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This article examines the interaction between school accountability and local control over revenue raising and resource allocation. In particular, it asks whether accountability policies are more or less effective at improving student outcomes in states with stronger local control. Local control is operationalized with multiple measures, including the percentage of education funding from categorical grants, state supreme court rulings overturning school finance systems, local entities' taxing authority, and principals' self-assessments of their ability to control school resources. Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Schools and Staffing Survey and National Assessment of Educational Progress, the article finds that accountability policies are more effective when there is greater local control. © 2007 American Education Finance Association

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  • Susanna Loeb & Katharine Strunk, 2007. "Accountability and Local Control: Response to Incentives with and without Authority over Resource Generation and Allocation," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 2(1), pages 10-39, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:2:y:2007:i:1:p:10-39
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    Keywords

    school accountability; revenue raising; resource allocation; education funding;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid

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