Sarah A. Hill

California State University, Fullerton
Political Science

800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA
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My research interests include public policy as well as state and local government and, in particular, education finance reform and local education foundations (local education nonprofits).

Hill, Sarah A., and D. Roderick Kiewiet. 2015. “The Impact of State Supreme Court Decisions on Public School Finance.” Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 31(1): 61-92.
Abstract: Beginning with Serrano v. Priest in 1971, equity-based decisions issued by state supreme courts led to a decrease in cross-district inequality in per pupil expenditures. In subsequent years, more state supreme courts overturned existing systems of public school finance for failing to provide adequate education to students living in poor school districts. Adequacy-based decisions have not produced measurable changes in cross-district inequality in expenditures, but have led to higher overall levels of funding for public education. The nationwide increase in per pupil expenditures over the past several decades is, however, largely the product of growth in personal incomes and a decline in the relative size of the cohort of school-age children, and not of court-ordered finance reforms. In California, after Serrano and the most far-reaching equalization reforms implemented anywhere in the country, the association between the wealth of a school district and educational quality remains strong and persistent. If one’s concern is the quality of education that students receive and not the amount of money spent on them, the victories that reformers have won in the courts have been hollow victories.
DOI: 10.1093/jleo/ewu001
Hill, Sarah A. 2012. "Election Administration Finance in California Counties." American Review of Public Administration 42(5): 606-628.
Abstract: Over the past decade, the federal and state governments have made large financial investments to improve election administration, but there is little to no understanding of the real workings and implications of election administration finance. This article takes a first look at election administration finance by examining election expenditures in California counties for fiscal years 1992 through 2008 using a public sector cost model. Regression analysis shows that economies of scale and voting technology are significant determinants of election expenditures, as are other factors affecting the cost of the production of election administration. Factors that are expected to affect the demand for election administration are generally shown not to be significant. These results will hopefully be beneficial for policy makers as they face important decisions about changes in voting technology and election administration.
DOI: 10.1177/0275074011413914
Fiber-Ostrow, Pamela, and Sarah A. Hill. 2011. "The Deliberative Poll as a Method for Generating Informed Opinion on Immigration." Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy 12(1): 151-156.
Abstract: The articles in this collection broadly address the social psychology of immigration and explore ways to improve relationships between natives and nonnatives in the United States. In this comment, we propose the Deliberative Poll as an additional tool for the study of opinion on immigration and for improving relationships among the groups.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-2415.2011.01266.x

Substantive Focus:
Education Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY