Restructuring California’s School Finance System

California should simplify and equalize per-pupil student funding by offering one simple base revenue stream that includes the money allocated for categorical programs and the current revenue limits and distributes the funding through a weighted student formula. This approach would increase per-pupil spending at the school level, reduce central office and administrative spending, and offer a truly equalized per-pupil spending formula. Full text

Adam Summers is a senior policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He has written extensively on privatization, government reform, law and economics, and various other political and economic topics.