Outlines the history, structure, and critiques of California's school finance system that it is inequitable, inadequately funded, and overly complex. Proposes principles for reform and a strategy to achieve them through small investments over time.
- Observation: Structure incentives properly to prevent funds being awarded to districts that operate contrary to their students' best interests
- Observation: Transparency in funding allows for a clearer evaluation of costs and needs, which in turn allows for more flexible funding
- Observation: Equal per-pupil funding rates would improve transparency and eliminate current funding discrepancies based on historical expenditures
- Observation: Provide additional revenue to districts, where necessary, based on specific student needs
- Observation: Grant districts more power in exchange for higher accountability