No revenue extension? School funding per student falls steeply
The map tool below shows the entire state of California. You can choose to look at funding for school districts, or by State Senate District or State Assembly District. Click on the map to find information, go here if you’re already fired up and looking to take action.
This map tool is a starting point to show what the estimated loss in per-pupil spending would be under an all-cuts budget. An all-cuts budget means current sources of revenue will expire on June 30, 2011 without extension.
Solve the problem and save our schools
Governor Brown has asked the legislature to let the people vote to extend school funding.
Only 2 more GOP votes in the Assembly and 2 more GOP votes in the State Senate are required to let Californians vote before June 30. The same small handful of votes could also make up the 2/3 needed to pass extensions for school funding directly in the legislature.
If we vote to extend revenue for another five years, the impact is minimal. State funding of K-12 education will be reduced by $19 per pupil.
If we allow an all-cuts budget as some legislators insist, and let taxes that fund kids’ educations expire, then we can expect to see cuts of $764 per pupil in every school district in the state. Added up at school after school, that means less money to hire teachers, bigger class sizes, the possible closure of school libraries, and fewer resources in the classroom.
Parents must ask themselves: Can I make up the $764 difference in state per pupil spending on my own? Added all together, can the loss of $764 from the state per pupil multiplied by hundreds of children in my child’s school or thousands of children in the district be made up by community fundraising if that amount is in the millions of dollars? Can I make up these losses year after year?
If not, it’s time for a broad-based way to fund schools. A vote to extend existing revenue before it expires on June 30, 2011, is the best and most immediate way to do this.
Over the past three years, $18 billion has already been cut from the state’s contribution to K-12 education. To cut more would be to jeopardize public education in this state.
- Enter your address or zip code in the field next to “Go to.”
- Choose to see results by “Funding,” “Senate Districts,” or “Assembly Districts.”
- You’ll see a red pin marking the location on the map.
- To see a school funding report, click on the area near the pin but not on the pin.
- If you double-click on the district area but do not get the school funding report, check to see that you have chosen to see results as “Funding.”
Senate District or Assembly District:
- To see Senate or Assembly District information, choose the one you want to see by clicking on the circle next to your choice, then click on the area near the pin but not on the pin.
- If you double-click on the district area but do not get the the district number, elected representative, or political party, check to see that you have chosen to see results as “Senate District” or “Assembly District.”
How to understand what you see
Federal, state, and local money funds local public schools in an extremely complex formula. This highly technical formula must factor in state and federal laws, and rely on accounting methods specific to government. You can find an excellent detailed explanation here, at EdSource.org and here, at the California Budget Project.
We present accurate, but simplified information in this map tool, using projected losses to school districts after June 30, 2011, under an all-cuts budget as calculated by the non-partisan, non-profit California Budget Project. CBP results were released on April 28, 2011.
For more details and the most up-to-date information that affects your neighborhood school, please consult your local school district.
This tool was created by Sreeram Balakrishnan and Cynthia Liu, two grassroots parent advocates working with the non-profit group Parents for Great Education. Sreeram is a Technical Program Manager at Google Research (www.google.com/fusiontables), and a parent in the Los Altos Elementary School District. Cynthia is a parent of a first-grader at a California public school, founded K12 News Network and, with Parents for Great Education, helped research and project manage the collaboration. We thank the volunteers who helped test this tool. We’re also deeply indebted to Jonathan Kaplan and the California Budget Project for sharing their research, and providing support and informal advice. This was purely a non-profit effort made with donated labor and expertise.