Jha (Valdosta State Univ.) explores issues of equity, liberty, and efficiency within the political context of school districts in the United States. Even though public schools enroll about 90 percent of US students, and 50 percent of funding comes from state governments, 40 percent from local governments, and about 9 percent from the federal government, there is still a lot of variation in per-pupil support across schools. Policy discussions on school funding are influenced by political ideologies around centralization. Jha notes that although spending on schools has grown five-fold within the last century, the growth in staffing has been in administrative and support personnel, while teachers' salaries remain non-competitive when compared to non-teacher salaries. Using an "Extended Tame Leviathan Model" to analyze nationwide school funding, he concludes that interschool and interdistrict competition does not robustly affect school district funding, that the structure of local political control over schooling affects school equity, that older voters might be encouraged to support schooling if convinced that it would lead to higher social security and Medicare revenue, and that it is in the economic interests of inner-city residents to support policy options for equitable public education spending. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.