Inside California Education: Per Pupil Spending

Inside California Education: Per Pupil Spending


♪♪ We asked how does
California rank when it comes to
per pupil spending? Tom: we have increased
our per pupil spending since the recession. The recession was a
terrible blow to public education in California. We had 30,000 teachers
laid off, class sizes mushroomed,
got bigger, science got put on the
sidelines, art and music and drama
were put on the sidelines, civics was put on the
sidelines. So we’ve seen a
restoration of some of that funding. But even that being said, We’re about 45th in the
nation in per pupil spending. And for a state of the
wealth and capacity of California with the
creativity and innovation economy that’s here, how
can we be 45th in the nation? To me, it’s a disgrace and
it’s not where California should be and it’s
not where we were historically. Just looking at a few
years back in California we were spending about
8,000 dollars per pupil. New Jersey and New York
and some other Eastern states were spending 20 to
22,000 dollars per pupil. Idaho was spending $15,000
per pupil, twice what California was
spending. We’ve been a leader in
education and we need to come back and not just be
a leader for national science standards and some
of the other creative programs we’re putting
together, but a leader in
prioritizing spending for education. ♪♪

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