Why Have Revenue-Strapped New England School Districts Been Slow to Turn to Alternative Funding Sources? Why Have Revenue-Strapped New England School Districts Been Slow to Turn to Alternative Funding Sources?

By Thomas Downes

During and even after the Great Recession, numerous popular press stories commented on the apparent growth of non-tax revenues in the face of school district budget deficits. But Downes and Killeen (2014) show that nationally the growth of non-traditional revenues has been far less than these articles may lead the reader to believe. This paper uses data from the New England states to assess the empirical content of some of the possible explanations of this slow growth.

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