English Language Learner education finance scholarship: An introduction to the special issue


  • Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos Arizona State University




English Language Learners, education finance, education policy, educational equity


In this article, I introduce the special issue on education finance and English Language Learners, with the purpose to disseminate timely and relevant education finance scholarship with a particular focus on English Language Learners (ELLs).Here, I provide an analytical argument for why this topic is of great importance for our educational system and policy, yet it remains especially understudied. Next, I provide a brief overview of the previous ELL school finance literature. Then I outline the four scholarly papers included within this special issue, noting each paper’s contributions to our knowledge base and implications for policy. I conclude by pointing to further scholarship based on articles in this special issue.


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Author Biography

Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos, Arizona State University

Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos is an Associate Professor in Education Policy and Evaluation in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University and a 2016-17 Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Education with a courtesy affiliation with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). He has published extensively in the area of K-12 education finance, policy and parent engagement and its impact on opportunity, equity and outcomes in low-income ethnically and linguistically diverse communities. Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos is a 2015-16 Morrison Institute Faculty Fellow, 2015 Distinguished National Education Finance Fellow, a 2014 School Finance Fellow with the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) and a 2012 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. He was bestowed the honor of a Fulton Professor in 2011 and served as Arizona’s Acting Director of the University Research Council (URC) in Education in 2011-12.




How to Cite

Jiménez-Castellanos, O. (2017). English Language Learner education finance scholarship: An introduction to the special issue. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 25, 14. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.25.2943



Education Finance and English Language Learners