William A. Owings has been a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. He serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Education Finance and is Professor of Educational Leadership at Old Dominion University, USA. Leslie S. Kaplan has been a teacher, school counselor, and is now a retired school and district-level administrator and full-time education writer. She also serves on the editorial board of the National Association for Secondary School Principals Bulletin.
The 3rd edition of American Public School Finance builds on the previous two editions and provides up-to-date information and statistics on current topics and issues. The focus questions, case studies, and chapter questions/assignments provide instructors with resources to teach and assess student understanding of key concepts and information. Most important, Owings and Kaplan write in a style that is scholarly, but that graduate students in school leadership can understand and emulate. Finally, this new edition coordinates the chapter content with the ten Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) making it easier for professors to map their course content and key assessments to the standards. -Marily Hirth, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Purdue University