Are poor kids getting the worst teachers? : how California's school finance policies are leading to intra-district inequity in the distribution of teachers
Pollard, Erin Marie.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. In California, a state that has made considerable effort to equalize school spending between districts, there is inequality in spending within districts that occurs due to teacher transfer provisions. Within districts with the greatest range of percent of students in poverty, a 10% increase in the number of students in poverty yields a 0.6% decrease in teacher wages, ceteris paribus. Similarly, within districts with the greatest range of diversity, a 10 percentage point increase in the number of black students leads to a 1.5% decrease in teacher wages and a 10 percentage point increase in the number of Hispanic students yields a 0.78% decrease in teacher wages. These findings suggest that actions to increase equity in resource allocation across schools may be justified.
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