Lawrence O. Picus is vice dean for faculty affairs and professor of education finance and policy in the USC Rossier School of Education. His current research interests focus on adequacy and equity in school finance as well as efficiency and productivity in the provision of educational programs for PreK-12 school children. Picus is past-president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, and is the president of EdSource where he has been a member of the board of directors for 14 years.
Picus’ other books include: In Search of More Productive Schools: A Guide to Resource Allocation in Education, published by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management; and Developing Community Empowered Schools), coauthored with Mary Ann Burke. Picus is the coauthor of the Association of School Business Officials book, Principles of School Business Administration. He has published numerous articles in professional journals as well. Picus has consulted extensively on school finance issues in more than 20 states. In recent years he completed equity studies in Louisiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, and Montana and has conducted adequacy studies in Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Maine, Wyoming, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.