School Finance Systems and Their Responsiveness to Performance Pressures: A Case Study of North Carolina

April 2007

New accountability systems require that states and districts accomplish something never accomplished before—ensuring that all students meet state standards.

To explore how these heightened state and national performance expectations have altered educational resource decisions, the School Finance Redesign Project (SFRP) at CRPE, in partnership with RAND Education, conducted interviews of state, district, and school leaders in four states, asking these leaders about their efforts to improve student performance and the constraints they face in implementing improvement reforms. This report presents the findings of state, district, and school interviews conducted in North Carolina.

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