Lawrence O. Picus

Lawrence O. Picus
Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Education Finance and Policy, Rossier School of Education,
University of Southern California

Lawrence O. Picus is vice dean for faculty affairs and professor of education finance and policy in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. His research interests focus on adequacy and equity in school finance as well as efficiency and productivity in the provision of educational programs for PreK–12 school children. Picus is past-president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy and is the president of EdSource, where he has been a member of the board of directors for 14 years.

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Publications by Lawrence O. Picus
This article examines how district administrators’ conceptions of equity relate to the implementation of finance reform. The authors use sensemaking theory and four views of equity—libertarian, liberal, democratic liberal, and transformative—to…
How Do We Assure an Adequate Education for All?
Today, California's schools rank 44th in the nation in education spending. Per pupil spending for education in California amounted to $6,659 in fiscal year 2001–02 when adjusted for regional cost differences across the states. This figure…
Across the United States, funding for education has shown tremendous growth since World War II. After taking inflation and student enrollment increases into account, spending for our nation's schools increased by 67 percent in the 1960s, 35 percent…
California and Senate Bill 813
In 1983, the California legislature enacted a series of incentive programs intended, in part, to encourage local school districts to devote more resources toward instructional expenditures. Analysis of district response to those incentives shows…