California’s per-pupil spending was $1,421 below the national average in 2011, placing it 36th in the nation according to a just released report Public Education Finances 2011, by the Census Bureau.
In 2007/2008 California spent $9,158 per pupil, before the economic crisis, and in 2008/2009, we spent $7,712 per pupil. This year’s budget proposal does not return school funding to the pre crisis level.
Gov. Brown currently proposes to change how state and local school funds are distributed in the state budget. He proposes to give more dollars to districts with large numbers of poor and/or English-learner students. The Governor’s latest budget proposal recommends per-pupil spending in 2011-12 from state and local revenues at $7,175 ( not including federal funds). The voters passed Propositions 30 and 39, which made additional state available.
There are currently active law suites challenging the adequacy of California school finance.
According to the Census Bureau the current total school spending number of $9,139 was 36th highest among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.