California Sued Again Over Public Education Funding

California is facing its second lawsuit over the funding of public schools. Advocates for low-income families and minority students filed suit in Alameda County in an attempt to force the state to throw out its current financing formula and start over.

Other Lawsuits
This suit arrives on the heels of another filed in May by the California School Board Associations, several counties and individual parents, students and education groups. Both suits allege that the way the state funds schools is unconstitutional and unfair to poor and minority students.

Asking for Financial Reform
In addition to asking for a new financing system, the new suit asks for a better data system to track how education money is being spent, as well as assurance that every school — including those in disadvantaged areas — are staffed with the most effective teachers available.

California’s Constitutional Duty
According to Rohit Singla, one of the representing attorneys, California’s constitution clearly spells out the state’s obligations to public education. The $17 billion cut from education funding in the last two years highlights the fact that the state is ignoring its duties.

Another Recession Victim
The lawsuits couldn’t have come at a worse time for California. The ongoing recession has driven the state to the brink of bankruptcy, and with education taking up 37 percent of the state’s budget, public schools have taken some of the largest hits as the governor and legislature struggle to keep the state afloat.

California ranks near the bottom of the fifty states in terms of spending per pupil, spending on average $2,000 less than the national average of $10,557.

Your Stories
Budget cutting is the theme of most states’ current agendas these days. This last spring, education took bigger hits than ever before with massive layoffs and program eliminations. What will your local schools look like when classes resume in the fall? Tell us about programs lost, teachers gone and projected class sizes for your area.

 

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47 comments

Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat6 years ago

thanks.

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Natasha Hickey
Natasha Hickey6 years ago

thanks for the article

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Phoebe Morgan
pj d6 years ago

Well said Walter!

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robert p.
robert p6 years ago

if they would remove all the illegals (over 3.5 million) schools would work better and within there budgets... another drain caused by illegals

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Gonzalo Vergara
Gonzalo Vergara6 years ago

Why are these groups suing? This is not a way to resolve anything, other than to waste the Court's time and resources. Who is paying all of these attorneys? They better be doing it pro bono. I object to taxes funding this idiocy

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Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat6 years ago

thanks

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William Kirkham
William K6 years ago

California ranks close to the bottom in the nation for per capita spending on its students. And more keeps getting cut each year. It is shameful and pathetic, that California, the fifth largest economy in the WORLD, serves its people so poorly. It is all because the "I want government to be so small that it can be drowned in the bathtub (because I do not want to pay taxes and like to complain about the crappy government service that results)" crowd has gained control in the state. Then these same people blame the public servants for their "lavish salaries and benefits" when the truth is that public servants in California earn 30% less than their private sector counterparts, even when their benefits are factored in.

Education in California will improve when the politicians stop using public servants as the scapegoats for the problems that they, the politicians, have created themselves.

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Michael Rains
Past Member 6 years ago

There is a whole untaxed market its called religion its time for the flock fleecers to pay up,also parents need to be involved how about getting rid of teachers unions? they have to do what you tell them,how many math teachers are mathematicians or history teachers are historians?,wanna guess how many teachers have degrees in child development or psychology?.
And lazy breeders who make babies they cant afford and don't want to take care of, and the rest of you who let the experts make any discipline into abuse and none of you fought back.
Yes they will fight you with lawers and cops paid for by you, but it has to be done.

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Kurt Valentine

Education is key so it needs to be prioritized.

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Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat6 years ago

thanks

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