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Teacher Compensation and Local Labor Market Conditions in California: Implications for School Funding

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Publication Date: March 2007

Publisher(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Author(s): Ria Sengupta; Heather Rose

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Series: Occasional Papers

Topic: Education (Education financing, facilities, and equipment)

Type: Report

Coverage: California


This paper examines how teacher compensation varies across California and how the variation is driven by factors beyond the control of school districts. Although we focus on teachers, the main concepts can be extended to all personnel. The paper also presents a formula that would help equalize the purchasing power of California school districts and discusses whether it makes sense to pursue such a goal.