Big school bond with reforms

Researchers don’t often see a quick policy impact from their work, but it happened for Jeffrey Vincent and Eric Brunner, coauthors of a PACE and Stanford University Getting Down to Facts II report, notes reporter John Fensterwald of EdSource. In his weekly podcast, Fensterwald interviewed Vincent, co-director of the Center for Cities + Schools at UC Berkeley, whose study on inequitable financing of school construction projects in California was instrumental in revising a $15 billion school bond measure headed to the March 2020 ballot. Vincent said the changes are a "move in the right direction" toward giving low-wealth and small districts a fairer share of funds for school construction and modernization. The report found that wealthier districts received eight times the amount of money as poorer districts to renovate old schools and build new ones.

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