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School Funding

  • As a result of Proposition 13, more than 80% of school funding comes from the state. Having lost access to most local funding, it is incumbent on the state to uphold the California Constitution that says that public education has first call on state moneys. The state's current budget crisis has made us all too aware of the pitfalls of our faulty tax structure, which is currently benefitting the wealthiest corporations over Californians themselves. It's time to restore fairness to our tax system.

    CTA led the fight for Proposition 98, which was approved by California voters and guarantees minimum funding to California public schools. CTA believes all public schools in the state should have adequate resources to assure all students a quality education that helps them reach the state’s academic standards and meets their individual needs. Too many California students attend schools that lack adequate facilities, resources and fully-qualified educators.

    CTA believes that students need and deserve smaller class sizes, up-to-date textbooks, computers, and a safe learning environment. However, California continues to lag behind the national average in per-pupil funding, has some of the largest class sizes in the country and ranks dead last in the number of counselors and librarians in our schools.

    CTA also believes that the state must provide assistance, rather than sanctions to those schools that have been labeled low- or under-performing based on state or federal assessments. These schools have the most crowded campuses and classrooms, have more students from low-income families, a higher number of uncredentialed teachers, and a larger number of students still learning to speak English.

    Additional state funding is also needed to support the community colleges and California State Universities, which have the responsibility of training California’s 21st century workforce.

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  • Tax Cuts Widen Budget Gaps
    When states cut taxes, typically they must make up for the lost revenues by reducing spending, and expenditure cuts tend to reduce any positive impact that tax cuts might have on state economies.
  • Sharing the Burden of Economic Recovery
    With the state facing ongoing yearly deficits of $20 billion, the survival of basic services and a healthy public sector is at stake. To address this looming future, the burden of recovery must be shared fairly — in contrast to the current path by which public services, the poor and education have taken the largest cuts and the middle-class has borne the increased tax burden.

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  • 49th in Per-Pupil Spending
    While California receives a "B+" for equity, we unfortunately receive an "F" for spending.
  • The Basics of California's School Finance System
    Every summer, the CA legislature and governor decide how much money will go to K–12 public education.
  • Proposition 98: What You Should Know

    Passed by California voters in 1988, Proposition 98 sets a minimum funding guarantee for public education.

  • The 2013-14 Budget: California Spending Plan

    The 2013-14 budget plan includes $2.1 billion for a new formula to distribute funding among schools.

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