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Resource Needs of California Public Schools: Results from a Survey of Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents


  • Jon Sonstelie

    () (Department of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara)


This article reports the results of school budget simulations with 568 randomly selected California public school teachers, principals, and superintendents. Simulation participants were presented with the budget for a hypothetical school and asked to use that budget to employ the resources that would maximize the academic achievement of the school's students. Their responses were used to estimate the resources that professional educators believe their schools need to meet state academic achievement standards. © 2008 American Education Finance Association

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  • Jon Sonstelie, 2008. "Resource Needs of California Public Schools: Results from a Survey of Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 3(1), pages 58-89, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:3:y:2008:i:1:p:58-89

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    school budgets; surveys; academic achievement; California;

    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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