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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

William C. Theimer, Jr.

First Committee Member

James R. Morgali

Second Committee Member

Carl D. Lang

Third Committee Member

John Phillips

Fourth Committee Member

John V. Schippers


Problem: Many states have become involved in the national school finance reform movement, some voluntarily and others as the result of court action. In 1976, the California State Supreme Court affirmed the decision in Serrano vs. Priest which found that the existing policy for the financing of education was unconstitutional , because it did not provide equalization of educational opportunity or equity of tax rates throughout the state. Since that date, the legislature has been under court order to reform school finance policy to meet the court criteria. In response to these mandates, the leqislature passed AB 65; but this legislation was undermined when the public passed Proposition 13, an initiative which limited the tax levy at the local level thus impacting on school revenue. Subsequently, legislation was passed in the form of Assembly Bill 8 (AB 8) which is the existing legislation controlling California school finance. The impact of AB 8 on equal educational opportunity and equity of tax rates needed to be examined as it affected California schools.



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