CSLF Report, Publication No. 35. May 23, 2017, Nicholas Warner This report looks at Georgia’s Equalization Grant, which was introduced as part of the Quality Basic Education Act in 1985 and first funded in 1987. It examines the basics of the grant calculation, as well as discusses the grant’s ability to close the funding gap… more »
CSLF Report, Publication No. 34. May 5, 2017, Peter Bluestone, David Sjoquist and Nick Warner This is the second in a three-part series of studies commissioned by the State Charter Schools Commission and performed by the Center for State and Local Finance that analyze the economic impact of start-up charter schools on the communities they… more »
Georgia’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education: Review of Trends and Policy Implications
CSLF Report, Publication No. 31. Feb. 7, 2017, Ross Rubenstein and Nick Warner ESPLOST, or special purpose local option sales tax for education, provides a unique way for districts to substitute current revenues (via a penny sales tax) for debt financing. The authors examine this funding tool in school districts throughout Georgia, outlining trends and… more »
CSLF Report, Publication No. 21, Dec. 15, 2015, Nicholas Warner Although median home values began growing in FY 2013, school districts have just begun feeling the positive effects: The statewide per student property tax digest increased by 1.6 percent in FY 2015. This growth comes after five consecutive years of declines. This brief provides an update to “The… more »
CSLF Report, Publication No. 19, Oct. 20, 2015, Elton Davis and Isabel Ruthotto This report begins with a review of Georgia’s traditional K-12 public school system structure, including the legal framework, local system organization, and an overview of funding sources. Then, state, local and federal sources used to finance K-12 education are explained. Charter school funding is… more »
FRC Report, Publication No. 271, Aug. 18, 2015, Carlianne Patrick This report looks at whether homebuyers are willing to pay a premium for access to charter schools in Georgia. The research looks at 13 charter schools with enrollment priority zones, and it finds that on average home sale prices are 7 to 13 percent higher in the… more »
CSLF Policy Brief , Publication No. 9, Feb. 10, 2015, Nicholas Warner The author outlines how declines in property values post-recession have greatly affected Georgia school districts, most especially those located in metro Atlanta.
FRC Report, Publication No. 268, November 2014, Robert Buschman, David Sjoquist This report examines the cost of the tax credit relative to the savings to state and local governments when students enroll in private rather than public schools.
CSLF Report, Publication No. 8, Jan. 27, 2015, Fred Brooks This report compares student loan borrowers in Georgia to those across the nation, and it finds that borrowers here have been more influenced by the Great Recession.
FRC Report 265, January 10, 2014, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Nicholas WarnerThis report examines the structure of school district expenditures between 2001 and 2012 with a particular focus on changes in instructional expenditures during the recession.