Mary Perry

Mary Perry
Mary Perry
Education Consultant,
Mary L. Perry Consulting

Mary Perry, an independent education consultant, served as deputy director of EdSource from 1993 to 2011. She is a noted expert on California’s public school finance system and has authored a wide range of publications on the subject. Perry is a former school board member. She received her MA in liberal arts from Stanford University.

updated 2020

Publications by Mary Perry
A Progress Report One Year After Getting Down to Facts II
The Getting Down to Facts II (GDTFII) project, released in September 2018, assessed the state of preK–12 education in California. As year 2 of Governor Newsom’s term begins, this report provides a progress update on three areas of concern raised by…
Acknowledging the importance of students simply being in school, California has made student attendance part of its accountability system. This brief covers a session in which it was pointed out that using chronic absenteeism as an…
Community engagement remains one of the most challenging expectations of California’s Local Control  Funding Formula, so much so that state leaders have funded an initiative to support regional networks focused on engagement.…
A Smart Investment for California School Districts
Summer learning loss contributes significantly to the achievement gap between low income students and their more affluent peers. That makes high quality summer learning programs a smart investment for school districts concerned about success for all…