This Issue Brief examines different data sources that are used to evaluate California’s level of K-12 spending, reviews the advantages and disadvantages of each, and explains why the amount that California is reported to spend per K-12 student, as well as its ranking relative to other states, varies depending on the source of this information and how it is interpreted.
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This is the fourth in a series of blog posts highlighting key components of the CBP’s analysis of Proposition 2, which will appear on the November 4, 2014 statewide ballot.
As we have blogged about recently, setting aside funds in good economic times to help meet the challenges that arise during economic downturns is a sound budgeting practice — and one California voters supported when they approved Proposition 58 in 2004. » Read more about: Proposition 2’s New Reserve for K-14 Education Is Unlikely to Have Impact, Though Local School Districts’ Reserves May Be Affected »
Once again California’s new funding formula for K-12 schools — the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) — will be the focus of the State Board of Education (SBE) meeting tomorrow in Sacramento. As at its prior meeting in July, the SBE will review proposed changes to regulations they adopted this past January that govern LCFF spending. These include changes to what school districts must report in their Local Control and Accountability Plans, or LCAPs. » Read more about: Transparency Still Missing in the New K-12 School Funding Formula »
Tomorrow’s State Board of Education (SBE) meeting in Sacramento will focus on California’s new funding formula for K-12 schools — the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The SBE will review proposed changes to the regulations they adopted this past January that govern LCFF spending and stipulate the information school districts must report in their Local Control and Accountability Plans, or LCAPs. All California school districts were required to adopt an LCAP by July 1 using a template that was developed and approved by the SBE earlier this year. » Read more about: An Opportunity to Improve Transparency in the New K-12 School Funding Formula? »
California’s public schools educate a large, diverse student population, with over 6 million students enrolled in more than 1,000 school districts statewide.
A new CBP analysis — the latest in a series of briefs on Governor Brown’s 2014-15 proposed budget — looks at state spending on K-12 education and discusses how higher revenues have boosted funding for California K-12 schools, increasing spending per student to nearly the pre-recession level. In addition, the Governor’s proposal would increase support provided through the state’s new school funding formula approved by policymakers last year. » Read more about: K-12 Education in the Governor’s Proposed 2014-15 Budget: Increased Revenues Boost Funding for Schools »
This is the latest in a series of briefs from the California Budget Project examining key components of Governor Brown’s proposed 2014-15 budget, released earlier this month. This Budget Brief discusses how higher revenues have boosted funding for California’s K-12 schools — increasing spending per student to nearly the pre-recession level — and how the Governor’s proposal would increase support provided through the state’s new school funding formula. Over the long term, however, additional revenues will be necessary to make essential investments in California’s students and their families.
The CBP yesterday released a new School Finance Facts report, comparing California student demographics, education spending, and school staffing to that in the rest of the US. This analysis finds that the state’s investment in K-12 schools lags the nation, even as California faces unique challenges in educating its 6.2 million public school students. Rising to the Challenge: Why Greater Investment in K-12 Education Matters for California’s Students shows that:
California invests less in K-12 education than other states, » Read more about: New CBP Report – Rising to the Challenge: Why Greater Investment in K-12 Education Matters for California’s Students »
Although California’s K-12 public schools educate a student population that, compared to the rest of the US, presents greater challenges and costs more to educate, the state invests far less in K-12 schools than the rest of the US, according to a new analysis from the California Budget Project.
California’s K-12 schools face a unique set of challenges. Not only does California educate more students than any other state, but economically disadvantaged students and English learners (ELs) account for a larger share of students in California than in the rest of the US. Yet, even though California has more financial resources per capita than the rest of the US, the state spends far less of its total personal income on K-12 schools. As a result, California K-12 education spending continues to lag the nation by a number of key measures. Although Proposition 30, passed by California voters in November 2012, is expected to increase state revenues and boost school spending over the next few years, this revenue measure alone will not provide California schools with sufficient resources to meet the challenges of educating the state’s students. This School Finance Facts compares California’s student demographics, education funding, and school spending and staffing to that in the rest of the US, and shows why California will need to invest more to provide a high-quality education for all students.
Last week the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published an overview of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the fundamental restructuring of California’s K-12 education finance system. The report discusses the LCFF, details how it will provide additional dollars to disadvantaged students, and estimates how much it will cost to implement. In addition to establishing equity as a key principle for how the state funds schools, the LCFF sets a funding goal that could boost California’s per pupil spending closer — if not equal — to that of the rest of the US once the formula is fully implemented. » Read more about: Full Implementation of the LCFF Could Bring California’s Per Pupil Spending Closer to the Rest of the US »