California schools are falling behind the rest of the nation, according to data recently released by the National Education Association. As a result of past cuts, California’s K-12 education spending dropped by more than $1,000 per student (10.2 percent) between 2008-09 and 2010-11 at the same time that US per student spending increased by nearly $550 (5.0 percent). This year, California ranks 47th in the nation in per pupil spending compared to ranking 35th in 2008-09. » Read more about: California School Spending: Winning the Race to the Bottom? »
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Researchers at Pepperdine University, in a study funded by the California Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation, imply that California’s schools receive sufficient resources. This study, however, is based on a number of questionable assumptions, uses inappropriate measures of the cost of educating students, and uses a definition of spending “in the classroom” that excludes expenditures that research shows are critical to students’ success. This School Finance Facts examines the assumptions underlying the Pepperdine analysis, documents a major flaw in the study’s methodology, and raises additional concerns with the researchers’ approach. Taken together, the questions and concerns outlined below suggest that the study does not reflect the true cost of providing a quality education and that the report’s findings should be used only with extreme caution in policy debates over school finance.
In response to a funnyordie.com video focused on education budget cuts, Governor Schwarzenegger’s spokesperson claimed that the Governor’s 2010-11 Proposed Budget maintains education funding at current levels. How can that claim be true when many people involved with the state’s public schools see the results of the state’s cuts to education funding? It all depends on how you look at the numbers. Under the assumptions presented in the Governor’s 2010-11 Proposed Budget, Proposition 98 spending on K-12 education would drop from $50.3 billion in 2007-08 to an estimated $44.1 billion in 2009-10 – a decrease of 12.4 percent. » Read more about: “Funny or Die:” Governor Schwarzenegger Continues Questionable Claims on Education Funding »
Why are students, parents, and educators across the state protesting cuts to education when Governor Schwarzenegger claims that his Proposed Budget protects classroom spending? Part of the answer lies in the complex formula used to calculate the Proposition 98 guarantee, the provision in the state’s constitution that guarantees a minimum level of funding for California’s schools and community colleges.
Under the assumptions presented in the Governor’s 2010-11 Proposed Budget, Proposition 98 spending on K-12 education would drop from $50.3 billion in 2007-08 to an estimated $44.1 billion in 2009-10 – a decline of 12.4 percent. » Read more about: Protestors Wise to the Governor’s Claims on Education Spending »
We recently blogged that California’s K-12 education spending dropped by more than $1,000 per student between 2007-08 and 2009-10. Governor Schwarzenegger’s Proposed 2010-11 Budget would cut school funding by an additional $2.7 billion – a reduction equivalent to $432 per student. Three new CBP fact sheets released today document the local impact of the Governor’s K-12 education proposals. Our analyses – by school district, county office of education (COE), » Read more about: Coming Soon to a School Near You? »
How does California compare to other states with respect to support for its public schools? Answering that question based on how much the state spends per student has led to a debate. Some rank California near the bottom, while others have placed the state closer to the middle of the pack. The controversy centers on data sources and methods. Historically, California’s per pupil spending ranks relatively poorly when measured by data that adjusts for regional cost differences, » Read more about: Settling the Debate: California Spends Less on Each Student – by Any Measure »
On June 27, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the 2019-20 state budget, an agreement with state legislative leaders that makes a series of investments in creating economic security and opportunities for Californians, while also fostering the state’s fiscal health.
This “First Look” analysis examines Governor Newsom’s revised state budget proposal for 2019-20, the state fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2019, and highlights the ways it could impact low- and middle-income Californians.
As Californians scramble to submit their personal income tax returns before the Tax Day deadline, we at the Budget Center think this is the perfect time to take stock of how the state’s tax system performs on two key parameters: its ability to raise sufficient revenue to support public services, and how fairly it raises that revenue. Tax Day is also a chance to look forward and consider key opportunities for policymakers to more equitably raise revenue and support robust new investments that advance the health and well-being of all Californians, » Read more about: Tax Day 2019: Examining California’s Progress Toward and Opportunities for Equitably Raising Revenues »
This “first look” analysis examines Governor Newsom’s proposed state budget for 2019-20, the state fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2019.