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The Misalignment of Incentives, California Edition

Joanne Jacobs writes on the non-correlation between high spending levels and strong academic results in California school districts, citing a new study from California Watch:

The Carmel Unified School District spent nearly $16,000 per student, despite serving an affluent, heavily white enrollment. Scores are high, but so are scores in Norris School District, which spends a third as much in a middle-class area of Bakersfield.

I’d love to know more, but it certainly seems as though the Norris School District is doing something right. I’m particularly interested in the role of litigation and special education funding arrangements, which are bigger cost drivers in some districts than others.


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