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.
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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 »
This report outlines key pieces of the 2021-22 budget proposal, with consideration for how the plan supports — or does not meet the needs of — Californians with low incomes, as well as women, Black Californians, Latinx Californians, American Indians, Pacific Islander Californians, Asian Californians, and other Californians of color.
On January 8, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed 2021-22 state budget, drawing on stronger-than-expected revenues to call for a series of emergency investments to respond to the public health and economic impacts of the pandemic and provide modest relief for Californians. These much-needed emergency investments, which the governor calls for the Legislature to enact as quickly as possible in the coming weeks, include providing $600 in one-time assistance for Californians with low incomes, extending the state’s eviction moratorium, putting steps in place to reopen schools, and providing small business assistance through loans and tax credits.
On May 14, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom released the May Revision to his proposed 2020-21 state budget. Our state is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis – an estimated $54 billion state budget shortfall for the current (2019-20) and next (2020-21) fiscal years, a rapid increase in unemployment, and millions of Californians in need of assistance as they confront new challenges to paying rent, buying groceries, and covering the costs of basic needs. The health and economic hardships are especially striking for Black and Latinx Californians, women and children in low-income households, and undocumented Californians. This First Look report summarizes key provisions of the Governor’s May Revision.
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 »
This report highlights selected elements of the budget framework that represent significant advancements to improve the lives of Californians with low and middle incomes — including women, immigrants, and American Indian, Asian, Black, Latinx, and Pacific Islander Californians and other Californians of color. We also highlight areas where the budget framework falls short of this goal and the work still to be done by policymakers to ensure that all Californians are able to not only survive but thrive in their communities.
Policymakers are preparing to make decisions on the 2021-22 state budget — and just as there are signs the pandemic is starting to ease in California. Still, data and experience show the economic and health effects of the recession will linger on for Californians, especially people in low-wage jobs, families in low-income households, and Californians of color. How can policymakers address the challenges and barriers for Californians now and meet their ongoing needs, look beyond this budget year to equitably allocate the state’s resources, and confront the widening wealth and income inequality in our state?