K-12 Tax & Spending Climate: taxpayer redistribution tactics

Indira Dammu and Bonnie O’Keefe

In Making Change: A State Advocacy Playbook for Equitable Education Finance, we share lessons from advocacy leaders in six states — California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, and Nevada — on the conditions that paved the way for positive changes in their education finance systems. We identified five common conditions across these states:

  • Coalitions: A strong, diverse coalition in support of change
  • Champions: Political leadership that champions funding changes
  • Research: A shared body of evidence demonstrating problems in the current finance system
  • Economics: Economic factors that necessitate state action
  • Lawsuits: Pressure or judicial mandates from funding lawsuits

This playbook can help advocates learn from successful efforts across the country so that they too can pursue funding reform in their communities.