Peer-Reviewed Publications

Mann, B. A., & Bruno, P. (forthcoming). The effects of charter school enrollment losses and tuition reimbursements on school districts: Lifting boats or sinking them? Educational Policy. (link) (uncorrected accepted manuscript)

Bruno, P. (2021). OPEB Accounting and Teacher Diversity. Journal of Education Human Resources, 39(2), 214–238. (link) (uncorrected accepted manuscript)

Dhaliwal, T. K., & Bruno, P. (2021). The Rural/Nonrural Divide? K–12 District Spending and Implications of Equity-Based School Funding. AERA Open, 7(1), 1–21. (open access link)

Marianno, B. D., Bruno, P., & Strunk, K. O. (2021). The Effect of Teachers’ Union Contracts on School District Efficiency: Longitudinal Evidence From California. SAGE Open, 11(1). (open access link)

Bruno, P., Rabovsky, S. J., & Strunk, K. O. (2020). Taking Their First Steps: The Distribution of New Teachers in School and Classroom Contexts and Implications for Teacher Effectiveness. American Educational Research Journal, 57(4), 1688–1729. (ungated link; The final, definitive version is available at (Educational Leadership article) (media coverage: Chalkbeat; NCTQ)

Bruno, P., & Strunk, K. O. (2019). Making the Cut: The Effectiveness of Teacher Screening and Hiring in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 41(4), 426–460. (ungated link; The final, definitive version is available at (policy brief) (media coverage: CPRE Knowledge Hub; Chalkbeat; Fordham Institute; FutureEd)

Bruno, P. (2019). Charter Competition and District Finances: Evidence from California. Journal of Education Finance, 44(4), 361–384. (link) (working paper) (infographic) (media coverage: Chalkbeat; Center for Reinventing Public Education; Brown Center Chalkboard)

Lewis, C., Bruno, P., Raygoza, J., & Wang, J. (2019). Alignment of Goals and Perceptions of Computing Predicts Students’ Sense of Belonging in Computing. Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research (ICER ’19), 11–19. (link) (pre-print)

Policy Briefs and Technical Reports

Bruno, P. & Goldhaber, D. (2021). Reflections on What Pandemic-Related State Test Waiver Requests Suggest About the Priorities for the Use of Tests. (CALDER Policy Brief No. 26-0721). National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research. Arlington, VA. (link) (media coverage: Education Week; Common Dreams; The 74)

Bruno, P. (2020). Teacher Screening and Hiring: Lessons from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. (link)

Bruno, P. (2019). The Challenges of Health and Welfare Benefit Costs for California Districts. Policy Analysis for California Education. Stanford, CA. (link) (commentary) (media coverage: The Sacramento Bee)

Imazeki, J., Bruno, P., Levin, J., Brodziak de los Reyes, I., & Atchison, D. (2018). Working Toward K-12 Funding Adequacy: California’s Current Policies and Funding Levels. Getting Down to Facts II. Stanford, CA. (link)

Bruno, P. (2018). District Dollars 2: California School District Finances, 2004-5 through 2016-17. Getting Down to Facts II. Stanford, CA. (link) (media coverage: EdSource)

Johnson, R.C., Bruno, P., Tanner, S. (2018). Effects of the Local Control Funding Formula on Revenues, Expenditures, and Student Outcomes. Getting Down to Facts II. Stanford, CA. (link)

Strunk, K. O., Marsh, J., & Bruno, P. (2017). An Effective Teacher for Every Student: Developing a Research Agenda to Further Policy Change. Policy Analysis for California Education. (link)