An educational system that ensures every student has the chance to succeed is the key to broadening opportunity as well as to providing our state with the skilled, productive workforce necessary to drive long-term economic growth. By analyzing state spending and other policies related to K-12 schools, community colleges, and the state universities, the Budget Center highlights how California can strengthen its most basic investment in the state’s future and improve outcomes for all students, especially those who are disadvantaged.
California’s Support for K-12 Education Is Improving, but Still Lags the Nation
This Fact Sheet examines how California ranks among the nation in terms of K-12 spending, the number of students per teacher, and the number of students per staff. Despite the state’s significant increase in K-12 spending per student since 2012-13, it still trails the nation as a whole.
The Number of K-12 Students Per Teacher in California’s Schools Has Dropped Since Approval of Proposition 30
This Fact Sheet shows that the number of K-12 students per teacher in California has declined since voter approval of Proposition 30 in 2012.
State Spending Per Student at CSU and UC Remains Near the Lowest Point in More Than 30 Years
This analysis shows a long-term trend of declining state support for the California State University and the University of California.