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.
The Gap Between California’s K-12 Spending and That in the Rest of the US Has Narrowed Since 2012-13
This new analysis examines K-12 spending as a share of the state’s economy and shows that California’s investment in schools has gained on that in the rest of the US since voter approval of Proposition 30 in 2012.
Proposition 30 Has Increased California’s K-12 School Spending
This fact sheet discusses how since approval of Proposition 30, the gap between California’s per student spending and that in the rest of the US has narrowed substantially.
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.