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Local control is a puzzle, or rather, a series of related puzzles that has both structured and hindered the uncertain development of school finance reform. The first puzzle is really a paradox: courts and commentators generally assume that local control of education exists, that it is a basic organizational principle of American public elementary and secondary education, and a norm that must be taken into account when the existing school finance system is challenged. Yet for the law of local government generally, local control is the exception, not the rule. The ground rule of state-local relations is state control and local powerlessness, not local control. How, then, can local control be such a basic tenet of school finance?


Civil Law | Civil Procedure | Law


This article was originally published in the Connecticut Law Review.