New UCLA study cites heavy impact on schools

 New UCLA study cites heavy impact on schools

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.

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8 Responses to “New UCLA study cites heavy impact on schools”


  1. 1 Logan C Songer January 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    How can California succed in education when we spend so little, among lowest pupil financing in the country, on our education? In a state where we spend more on our prison system than on our education system, why is it a surprise or shocking news that we are so far behind on education? Get rid of tenure and the teacher unions, as well as surplus County/District offices, and put that money toward more teachers. How can one expect a student to learn, and a teacher to teach, when there are 30 students in every class? This doesn’t take in to account that 50% of the students barely speak English, and don’t get any help/support from their home environment. It is time to stop the free babysitting, and cut the fat!

  2. 2 Ruby S. January 28, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    It’s unbelievable to me that there is even a possiblity that more cuts could be made towards California’s education! Having had to transfer to the local junior college I am experienceing first hand the extremely over crowded rooms, not being able to get into the classes needed to tranfer in 2 years, and classes that are cut out entirely.

    How can we not focus on education when it is the key tool to bettering the future?

  3. 3 Tyler Oga February 4, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Although this article speaks more to the prep school level, the budget cuts are obviously well evident at the college level. With fewer classes available, and with more and more students needing these units, many of them are being shut out. The government is even offering professors early retirement incentives to avoid the fact that they would have to lay off other professors if this was not an option. This is not to say that the government shouldn’t care about other statewide needs, but the heavy cuts being done to our educational system needs to stop.

  4. 4 Lacey Olson February 4, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Yes California definitely does have it’s priorities out of whack. Our economy is so messed up. So many people are now trying to go back to school after losing their job, but aren’t able to get the classes they need. Just this semester pretty much all of my classes were full with the waitlist being full and students not being able to add. It’s so sad to see students being turned away.

  5. 5 Kaleen Scott February 9, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    A lot of schools have stopped accepting transfers from junior colleges during spring semesters, if not at all, for the time being; transferring right out of high school? forget about it..there’s just too many schools that are over-crowded and impacted that students like us right now are going to have a rough time finishing school with at least a bachelors anytime soon.

  6. 6 Nhi Ho February 9, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    I agree that California should “grow the fiscal pie” for education. Nothing is more important for a country than its well educated citizens. Cutting the budgets for education is putting California on the wrong foot. Students should be able to use the resources they need at school to the maximum if they want to learn as much as they could.

  7. 7 angela April 29, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    budget cuts are affecting all of us. It’s getting harder to transfer to a four year degree college,classes are being cut and prices are going up.I wonder what is next for all of us who are pursuing a higher education?

  8. 8 Stephanie Boyle May 18, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    The budget cuts are effecting everyone. Colleges all over are having to make cuts, not only in classes, but in faculty. Even at private colleges we are having classes cut. Everyone is feeling impacted. I think we need to have more of our taxes going to colleges. Even though high school matter in the prep work college is more important and kids can catch up, but they will never get back what they can get in college. These cuts are forcing kids to drop out because of lack of funds and unavailable classes. Something definitely needs to be done to reverse the effects of impacting and budget cuts.


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