Anyone trying to understand today’s headlines can find the story behind the story in a new CBP School Finance Facts released today. Race to the Bottom? California’s Support for Schools Lags the Nation shows that by almost any measure California ranks near or at the bottom with respect to the level of funding for public schools relative to that of other states. For example, even without adjusting for the state’s comparatively higher costs, » Read more about: Race to the Bottom? California’s Support for Schools Lags the Nation »
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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 »
A few days ago, we asked readers to submit their favorite urban legend about the state budget. One reader submitted one of our favorites: “The lottery will fix schools’ funding problems.” This budget myth was born after voters passed the California State Lottery Act in 1984. Highway billboards tout the cumulative amount California schools have received from the lottery, but lottery dollars have always provided a small percentage of annual public school funding. In fact, since 1995-96 less than 2 percent of the dollars spent by California’s K-12 schools each year have come from lottery revenues. » Read more about: A Sucker’s Bet: Lottery Provides Pennies Per Dollar Spent by California’s Schools »
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? »
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 »
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised about voters’ lack of knowledge of where the state gets its money and how that money is spent. Urban legends about the budget abound on both the left and the right. Still, the findings of the Public Policy Institute of California’s (PPIC) new poll were a bit surprising. Nearly half (49 percent) of the Californians surveyed by the PPIC answered that prison spending accounted for the largest share of state spending. » Read more about: A Need for Knowledge »
Bond measures often succeed at the polls, and it’s easy to see why. They require only a simple majority vote; generally – but not always – pay for infrastructure, such as schools and highways; and appear to be “free money” since voters aren’t asked to raise taxes in order to repay the bondholders. In reality, there’s no free lunch. Debt service (principal plus interest on bonds) becomes a new General Fund obligation paid out of the same limited revenues that also fund services that enhance the quality of life for all Californians – everything from K-12 and higher education to in-home care for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. » Read more about: No Free Lunch »
You don’t see three-year-olds protesting in the streets over budget cut proposals, sippy cups and blankets in tow. Or ten-year-olds testifying before the Budget Conference Committee. Or seven-year-olds quoted in budget stories in the newspaper. But as a new CBP fact sheet shows, it’s the state’s children and youth that would be disproportionately affected by the Governor’s proposed budget cuts to education, health care, and human services programs.
A new CBP analysis shows that the Governor’s proposal for additional cuts to K-12 education—beyond cuts already included in the February budget agreement—means $448 less for each public school student. » Read more about: Who’s Bearing the Budget Burden? »