One effect, IDEA director John Rogers said today as he released the study, is that the discrepancies between schools serving affluent students and those with high rates of poverty are increasing. The latter are more likely to receive financing from local parcel taxes and voluntary contributions while the latter not only don’t receive extra money but are more likely to experience layoffs and other staff cuts.
It notes that California was already near the bottom in per-pupil financing before the most recent round of state budget cuts and also fares poorly in academic achievement. “Why is California on the wrong side of this national achievement gap?,” the report asks rhetorically. “One critical reason is that California is on the wrong side of a national resource gap.” Rogers said that California should “grow the fiscal pie” for education.
New UCLA study cites heavy impact on schoolsPublished January 21, 2010 California , Education 8 Comments