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Fiscal Stress and Voluntary Contributions to Public Schools Eric J Brunner Quinnipiac University Jennifer Imazeki San Diego State University About the Authors Eric Brunner is an associate professor of economics at Quinnipiac University His research focuses on school finance the political economy of school spending and school choice and the voluntary provision of public goods He holds a B A from the University of Connecticut and a Ph D from the University of California Santa Barbara He can be contacted at ebrunner econmail net Jennifer Imazeki is an assistant professor of economics at San Diego State University where she teaches courses in public finance and applied microeconomics She received her Ph D in economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison where she also worked as a researcher for the Consortium for Policy Research in Education Her research focuses on school finance reform and teacher labor markets Recent work includes papers on whether No Child Left Behind is an underfunded mandate and the political economy of school vouchers She can be contacted at jimazeki mail sdsu edu The papers in this publication were requested by the National Center for Education Statistics U S Department of Education They are intended to promote the exchange of ideas among researchers and policymakers The views are those of the authors and no official endorsement or support by the U S Department of Education is intended or should be inferred 39 40 Fiscal Stress and Voluntary Contributions to Public Schools Eric J Brunner Quinnipiac University Jennifer Imazeki San Diego State University I Introduction Throughout the country school fundraising is being taken to new levels as a weak economy threatens not only extracurricular programs but core academic offerings as well The traditional bake sale has been replaced with celebrity fundraisers and wide scale mail campaigns as an increasing number of public schools and districts are appealing to their communities for private



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