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.
State Spending Per Student at CSU and UC Remains Well Below Pre-Recession Levels, Despite Recent Increases
What Reaching LCFF Full Implementation Means and Why It Matters
This post discusses the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) — our state’s main system of school funding — and what its “full implementation,” as called for in the 2018-19 state budget proposal, would mean for California’s K-12 schools and other stakeholders.
What Might Federal “Back-Door” Vouchers Mean for California, and What Are State Policymakers’ Options?
This post examines what voucher-like programs could mean for California’s public schools and provides options for how state policymakers could mitigate the impact on schools if such programs were enacted.