Policy Documents

California’s New School Funding Flexibility

Margaret Weston –
May 1, 2011

Margaret Weston outlines how California can add to new laws and increase flexibility on funds for schools facing budget crises. She offers recommendations to policymakers on how to make the funds flexible while directing them to classrooms rather than raising teacher compensation through the bargaining process, including setting clear criteria for the flex funds, distributing the funds more equally across schools, and placing certain restrictions on the flex funds.