Wednesday, July 14, 2010

California school spending; How do we rank?


How Do California’s Education Spending and
Staffing Levels Compare  to Other States?
California’s spending for public schools lags that of the rest of the US.1 California’s schools:
·      Ranked 44th among the 50 states in K-12 spending per student, spending $2,546 less per student than the rest of the US in 2009- 10 (Table 1). To reach the level of spending per student of the rest of the US, California’s schools would have had to spend an additional $15.4 billion in 2009-10, an increase of 28.9 percent.
·      Ranked 46th in education spending as a percentage of personal income – a measure that reflects the size of a state’s economy and the resources available to support public services. To reach the level of the rest of the US, California would have had to spend an additional $15.3 billion on education in 2008-09, an increase of 29.5 percent.
California has more students per school staff than the rest of the US. California’s schools:
• Ranked 50th in the nation with respect to the number of students per teacher.
California averaged 21.3 students for each teacher in 2009-10, more than 50
percent larger than the rest of the US, which averaged 13.8 students per teacher.2
• Ranked 46th in the nation with respect to the number of students per
administrator.3 California’s schools averaged 358 students for each administrator
in 2007-08, compared to 216 students for each administrator in the rest of the US.
• Ranked 49th in the nation with respect to the number of students per guidance
counselor. California’s schools averaged 809 students for each guidance counselor
Source: California Budget Project.  Race to the Bottom.
Meanwhile the anti tax radicals continue to denounce our schools.  
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