Incentive Funding Programs and School District Response

California and Senate Bill 813
Lawrence O. Picus
University of Southern California


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 they were more effective in directing spending toward direct instruction than were general or categorical grants. However, it appears that as the incentive funds were rolled into general aid revenues, district spending patterns began to revert to the same distribution of expenditures observed prior to enactment of the incentives.

This article was originally published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis by SAGE Publications.

Suggested citationPicus, L. O. (1991, September). Incentive funding programs and school district response: California and Senate Bill 813 [Article]. Policy Analysis for California Education.