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Acerenza, Santiago; Gandelman, Néstor – Education Finance and Policy, 2019
This paper characterizes household spending in education using microdata from income and expenditure surveys for twelve Latin American and Caribbean countries and the United States. Bahamas, Chile, and Mexico have the highest household spending in education and Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay have the lowest. Tertiary education is the most important…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Latin Americans, Heads of Households, Expenditures
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Grissom, Jason A.; Bartanen, Brendan – Education Finance and Policy, 2019
Research demonstrates the importance of principal effectiveness for school performance and the potentially negative effects of principal turnover. However, we have limited understanding of the factors that lead principals to leave their schools or about the relative effectiveness of those who stay and those who turn over. We investigate the…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Effectiveness, Labor Turnover, Promotion (Occupational)
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Chung, Hwan Il; Duncombe, William; Yinger, John – Education Finance and Policy, 2018
A major feature of the school finance landscape over the last two decades has been the reform of state school finance systems. Using the case of Maryland's Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act, this paper extends the current literature by developing a conceptual framework for residential bidding and sorting and using it to estimate housing…
Descriptors: State Aid, Finance Reform, Real Estate, Educational Finance
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Master, Benjamin; Sun, Min; Loeb, Susanna – Education Finance and Policy, 2018
Policy makers and school leaders are perennially concerned with the capacity of the nation's public schools to recruit and retain highly skilled teachers. Over the past two decades, policy strategies including the federal No Child Left Behind Act and alternative pathways to teaching, as well as changes in the broader labor market, have altered the…
Descriptors: Job Satisfaction, Diversity (Faculty), Teacher Recruitment, Beginning Teachers
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Welsh, Richard O.; Duque, Matthew; McEachin, Andrew – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
In recent decades, school choice policies predicated on student mobility have gained prominence as urban districts address chronically low-performing schools. However, scholars have highlighted equity concerns related to choice policies. The case of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans provides an opportunity to examine student mobility patterns in…
Descriptors: School Choice, Student Mobility, Educational Quality, Natural Disasters
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Welsch, David M.; Zimmer, David M. – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
This paper draws attention to a subtle, but concerning, empirical challenge common in panel data models that seek to estimate the relationship between student transfers and district academic performance. Specifically, if such models have a dynamic element, and if the estimator controls for unobserved traits by including district-level effects,…
Descriptors: Transfer Students, Academic Achievement, Feedback (Response), School Districts
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Baker, Bruce D.; Libby, Ken; Wiley, Kathryn – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
This article explores whether two popular policy initiatives are compatible or conflicting strategies for enhancing educational equality in diverse large urban centers. These two initiatives are (1) charter school expansion and (2) improvement of resource equity across urban public school systems through policies often referred to as weighted…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Areas, Urban Schools, Educational Resources
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Chingos, Matthew M.; West, Martin R. – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
Since 2002, public school teachers in Florida have been permitted to choose between a defined benefit (DB) and a defined contribution (DC) retirement plan. We exploit this unique policy environment to study new teachers' revealed preferences over pension plan structures. Roughly 30 percent of teachers hired between 2003 and 2008 selected the DC…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Retirement Benefits, Selection, Preferences
Downes, Tom; Killeen, Kieran M. – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
We examine changes in the use of nontax revenues for education finance from 1991 to 2010. Beyond the summary of usage over time, we ask whether nontraditional revenues like fees accentuate or mitigate the impact of downturns. More generally, we examine the extent to which school districts have responded to fiscal pressures by turning to nontax…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Finance, Taxes, Educational Equity (Finance)
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Bifulco, Robert; Reback, Randall – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
This brief argues that charter school programs can have direct fiscal impacts on school districts for two reasons. First, operating two systems of public schools under separate governance arrangements can create excess costs. Second, charter school financing policies can distribute resources to or away from districts. Using the city school…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Governance, Resources
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Zimmer, Ron; Gill, Brian; Attridge, Jonathon; Obenauf, Kaitlin – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
In the academic and policy debates over the merits of charter schools, two things are clear: First, they are here to stay and, second, their quality varies widely. Policy makers therefore need to understand how to design charter laws that promote the creation of high-performing schools. Crucial to this discussion is the charter authorizing…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Quality, Public Officials, Educational Legislation
Conlin, Michael; Thompson, Paul N. – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
We consider issues of equality and efficiency in two different school funding systems--a state-level system in Michigan and a foundation system in Ohio. Unlike Ohio, the Michigan system restricts districts from generating property or income tax revenue to fund operating expenditures. In both states, districts fund capital expenditures with local…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Financial Support, State Aid
Nguyen-Hoang, Phuong – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
This is the first study to directly examine the relationship between tax increment financing (TIF) and education expenditures, using the state of Iowa as a case study. I find that greater use of TIF is associated with reduced education expenditures. I also find little evidence to support the commonly held proposition that school spending increases…
Descriptors: Taxes, Educational Finance, Income, School Districts
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Springer, Matthew G.; Ballou, Dale; Peng, Art – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
This article presents findings from the first independent, third-party appraisal of the impact of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) on student test score gains in mathematics. TAP is a comprehensive school reform model designed to attract highly effective teachers, improve instructional effectiveness, and elevate student achievement. We use a…
Descriptors: Scores, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests, Teacher Effectiveness
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Corcoran, Sean; Goldhaber, Dan – Education Finance and Policy, 2013
In this policy brief we argue that there is little debate about the statistical properties of value-added model (VAM) estimates of teacher performance, yet, despite this, there is little consensus about what the evidence about VAMs implies for their practical utility as part of high-stakes performance evaluation systems. A review of the evidence…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Educational Policy
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