The Gap Between California’s K-12 Spending and That in the Rest of the US Has Narrowed Since 2012-13

A valuable way of comparing states’ investment in schools is to look at K-12 spending as a share of each state’s overall economy. Unlike other commonly used measures, such as K-12 spending per student, this approach accounts for the personal income received by residents in each state, thus providing a more meaningful comparison that better reflects the financial resources available to support schools and other public systems and services.

A California Budget & Policy Center fact sheet released this morning examines California’s K-12 spending as a share of the state’s economy. This analysis shows that while California’s investment in K-12 schools lags that in the rest of the nation, the gap between California and the rest of the US has narrowed since 2012-13, partly as a result of voters approving Proposition 30’s tax increases in November 2012. Read the fact sheet.

— Jonathan Kaplan