What Now? Improving Schools Within Budget Constraints

Friday, May 22, 2009 - 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “What Now? Improving Schools Within Budget Constraints” featuring W. Norton Grubb of the University of California, Berkeley.

As California continues to wrestle with the challenge of providing sufficient funding for our state’s schools, understanding the relationships among school funding, effective school resources, and outcomes is essential. In this seminar Norton Grubb addressed four principal questions: (1) What kinds of school resources make a difference to outcomes? (2) Why is the relationship between spending per student and outcomes so weak, and how can that help California schools in a time of fiscal crisis? (3) Why are outcomes so inequitable, including the role of race and ethnicity? (4) What should California do now, in both school finance and other areas of school policy, to avoid further damage to the state’s education system?

W. Norton Grubb is a professor and the David Gardner Chair in Higher Education at the School of Education, the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book is The Money Myth: School Resources, Outcomes, and Equity, published in 2009 by the Russell Sage Foundation, New York. The speaker was introduced by PACE's Executive Director David N. Plank.

Download Professor Grubb's Powerpoint presentation.


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