California’s Education is Horrible

We Californians pay more than any other State in taxes. So, how is the below statistic even possible? There has to be something fundamentally wrong with our education system which gets 50% of the general fund revenues:

California remained at the bottom of the barrel in national test scores for reading, sharing last place with Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico and Washington, D.C., according to the Nation’s Report Card released Wednesday.


62 Responses to “California’s Education is Horrible”

  1. 1 Kaleen Scott March 26, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Sadly enough, I’d have to agree with this. I remember in jr. high, they were testing us to prepare for the same tests in high school and by the time I reached high school, it was as if the school system had given up on us. We were tested, but none of it was used for anything and I doubt it was even taked seriously. I remember all the students just being thankful they got a break from their regular classes for testing.

  2. 2 Michelle Benton March 26, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    I think it was funny that the reps from California were quick to make an excuse for their poor report card…and even funnier that the excuse was that it is because we spend the least amount of money in educating our students, which are the future of this country. The whole thing was absurd. They act like it is perfectly acceptable for CA to be at the bottom because we spend less money on each student. Ridiculous. We are a state rich in comforts…I think some of that comfort should be sacrificed for the state of our education system here.

  3. 3 Tyler Oga March 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Well, like the article stated, California is probably the most diverse and most highly populated state in the U.S. With many people that have flocked here that don’t necessarily speak English as their first language will most likely struggle in school. I can see why there are many people who are upset due to the fact that we pay so much more than most states in taxes, but we have many areas in the state that are highly immigrant-concentrated and poverty stricken areas. The circulation of our tax money may not make it to those poorer areas, and that is where our educational funding needs to be placed the most.

  4. 4 Christopher Henderson (101) March 28, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    I agree with Tyler, I think that fact that our higher diversity is mostly an explanation for these statistics. But with all the budget cuts in the education system, I fear that some of that diversity may be weeded out as those lower income families (often times minorities) are not able to afford education. Perhaps if more funding was available these students could be assisted through their K-12 years so they have more drive to continue into and through college. Hopefully by then, we will stop seeing budget cuts and they will be able to afford college or maybe there will be some new financial aid system in place. I don’t know. But this isn’t good news. The state needs to start focusing on education at lower levels.

  5. 5 Meaghan Madgett April 1, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    It is interesting to be, being from out of State, that since California has the top colleges in the country that the education system in the lower grades is struggling. I definitely agree that because California is a melting-pot type of state, that that is the explanation for the education system struggling in the lower grades. The other thing that comes to mind is the fact that maybe California spends more time focusing on the Colleges instead of the lower grades.

  6. 6 Amanda Herrera April 2, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    I agree with Michelle, I also found it funny but at the same time shameful as a Californian to read that David Gordon, Sacramento County schools superintendent and member of the National Assessment Governing Board quickly tried to justify California’s reading level with amount of money set for education. Although this may be true in some aspects I do not see it as the sole factor. While I do not totally agree with this claim in the article, I do on the other hand agree with the claim about the importance of reading. “Reading is fundamental to learning,” O’Connell said. “Parents play a crucial role in helping their children build a solid foundation for learning by encouraging them to read every day.” Ever since I started elementary school my mom really pushed my brother and I to take reading seriously. Although my brother and I struggled with reading we still worked at in and now we can see it has paid off. I am glad my mom pushed us with the importance if reading and strengthening our reading skills.

  7. 7 Kara Yamamoto April 2, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    This article was interesting to read. Being for out of state and seeing how California has nationally top colleges that the education system was doing so poorly. California is definitely a melting pot type of state, and in some of the above comments even though we pay such high taxes because california has such a high immigration rate and poorly stricken areas maybe our tax dollars are making it to the places that need it the most. Maybe if California focuses more on helping those children in the poor areas and gives them some type of motivation to want to be in school and study.

  8. 8 angel April 2, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    It is sad to know that this is happening in California. A recently hired general manager for the company I work for had decided not to take the job offer because he couldn’t find a good school for his kids. Budget cuts in the education system is affecting everyone. At a college level, campuses are raising fees, shedding courses, classes sized up, library hours down. I wonder what is next.

  9. 9 Lorena Rodegeb April 4, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Sadly, I’m not surprised. With all the money that is taken from our education system what else was supposed to happen? I remember taking my english classes in high school…in 10th grade the teacher spent the entire class eating and told us to do bookwork. In 11th grade the teacher was always walking out of class and leaving test answers on his desk. Needless to say, I didn’t leave high school feeling like I received the best education that I could receive. If the state doesn’t care about it’s students, the teachers will most likely stop caring too.

  10. 10 Jesus Zavala April 5, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    I am not surprised that California has the lowest test scores nationwide due to several reasons. One is that California has a high diversity of ethnic groups. This of course, affects the test scores because since there is more diversity, there are more students whose English is their second language. Another reason is that with the budget cuts to education, class sizes are larger which means that not every student gets all the attention necessary from their instructor when they need help.

  11. 11 kelsea April 6, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    There is no excuse as to why California has the lowest test scores. We say we put all this money into our education, but obviously it is not helping much. California has the most diverse group of students and no one is helping them learn English or even any subject in school. Yea, we have people helping these students, but most definitely not enough to make our test scores rise. I can not believe people are even making excuses as to why the test scores are so low. Its because the wealthy students get all the attention and help needed to increase thier potential all the while the lower income which are mostly African-American, Mexican, and Asian are not getting enough aid to increase thier knowledge. These ethnic groups are the ones that need the most help, but are not receiving it. So no excuse should be made nor should we say that we don’t spend enough money on education. I mean, we do need more money for education, but it needs to be distributed more equally. If money and time were distributed more equally then maybe California would have better test scores.

  12. 12 Azusa Mori April 6, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Since I come from outside of the US, I do not really know the real situations at schools in California and other states but I think there are many factors leading to current level of California’s education. Some of them might be, like some people already mentioned above, diversity and immigrants who have difficulty with English, and also government’s policy to reduce the amount of money they spend on education. California people pay more taxes than people of any other state but I guess the reality is part of the money they pay may not be effectively used for educational purpose.

  13. 13 Jennifer DaRosa April 7, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Just because californians pay the highest taxes does not mean our education is going to be great. Even if all our tax dollars went to education it still might not be amazing. The fact is that we have so many students and so little teachers that the quality of education is going down. I f classroom size were smaller and we could get more 1 on 1 student teacher time i think these scores would go up. Sadly most people have to pay for a high quality education in California. This is why California has so many private schools. If families have the means they will pay to get their child a better education.The kids that are paying for a better education are not included in this testing though. If public schools would icrease their quality of education and use the money they are recieving the right way than we could see these test scores go up.

  14. 14 Amanda Chow April 8, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    I am actually surprised to hear that California has such low test scores and that we have such a low ready level. People have to take into consideration that California in general and our schools have a larger mass of students than the other states so our statistics include a greater number of students. Also we have to take into consideration the illegal immigrants who probably just learning english most likely lower our numbers a little. There are many variables, but still in the end it is sad to see that we put so much money into our education in California and we still can’t have higher test scores.

  15. 15 Anthony Azevedo April 11, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    It does not surprise me one bit. California’s school system has been messed up for a long time. We the people are made, that we pay higher taxes then most other states and the money does not make it to were it needs to be. Teacher need to be paid more but commission type of bases. So better teacher stick around and have drive to motivate kids.

  16. 16 Ruby S April 11, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    That’s unfortunate that California has the highest taxes, yet an uneven amount is not used for education. Although I have to agree with some of the other comments that California does have a large population so there would be a lot more students to consider in the stats of this.

    I think that the root of the problem is the elementary grades in which the children learn the basics like math and english. A lot of kids struggle and don’t revieve the help or tutoring they need.

  17. 17 Ryan Haley April 19, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    As we all know in California our schools are not the best in the nation as it is widely criticized throughout the nation. Blame is generally geared towards the teachers. Many speculate that teachers in our education system are not difficult enough or that they just don’t care anymore. While that may be true for some, other teachers are really good. I have also heard that many people blame students that are Spanish speakers because they lower test scores. This point is relevant because the standardized tests do not usually accommodate for esl students. Another point that I feel is relevant is the state budget crisis. In the paragraph it states that education receives 50% of state funds. I would personally like to see where this percentage is figured. As the state grows further in to debt and cuts on education continue to be made, student supplies are limited as schools become more crowded. It is a known fact that schools can’t afford basic supplies such as office supplies, student books, and more importantly full time teachers. The current amount of funds that go into the education in California is literally a joke for the over populated schools that have increasing amount of students enroll every year. The system goes further than to say the budget, teachers, and students are to blame. Lets not forget about the system it’s self that is completely outdated. Obviously the way that students are continuing to learn today is failing but no one seems to have any ideas of how to fix it, and some don’t want to admit it. When test scores are low the school gets less funding…how does that work?

  18. 18 Lacey Olson April 21, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    I hate to put people into categories, but I do have to agree with some of the comments that this problem is partially due to the minorities that come hear speaking no Enlish at all. Their kids are pretty much on their own when it comes to school because the parents aren’t able to help them with their homework, especially English, since they themselves don’t know the language. We pay so much in taxes and it costs so much now to go to a four-year college, it would be nice if more of that money could be spent on the lower level grades to get them onto a great start. But who knows if that will ever happen.

  19. 19 J. Meyer April 21, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    It’s not a perfect comparison, but the state of education in CA is a sort of “tragedy of the commons.” The public school system here is of course free and therefore filled indiscriminately with every sort of student. Those who can’t speak English, don’t want to be in school, or have limited capacity for learning degrade the experience for everyone; the net academic performance never rises above a sad level of mediocrity. It shouldn’t be free and it shouldn’t be provided without restriction. Education should be more like driving–a privilege, not a right.

  20. 20 EconConsumer April 24, 2010 at 6:26 AM

    California education is suffering. Look at all those cutbacks. the students have less days in schools due to the work furlough days the instructors are required to take because of cutbacks. What about all the STAR testing done in our schools. I believe so much time is spent on preparing for these tests. It is precious time lost in our day to day education. I happen to be fortunate that I live in a place where parents are very involved in their childs education. Parents involve themselves in volunteering their time to assist with their childs teacher. Our PTA fundraisers pays for our librarian, school fieldtrips, learning assemblies, outdoor education, purchased books for our library, computers and even a spending allowance for each teacher for supplies or whatever is needed in class. Without the support of each and every parent this would not be possible.

  21. 21 Ryan Moura April 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    It is no surprise to me to hear that the education in California’s schools are as bad as they are. With the number of cutbacks and budget cuts coming from the state and national level, it is very hard to provide the proper education to many students around this overpopulated state. Also a huge problem especially in California, is the number of illegal immigrants that come to this state causing an over population and crowding effect. It is tough to say, but the numbers do not lie, illegal immigrants make up a huge portion of California’s population. With this number being so high, they are affecting the enrollment of schools and the need for ore and more attention on a daily basis, taking away from other students gaining from education.

  22. 22 David Colin Sorenson April 30, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    This article doesn’t surprise me at all. I think, as many people before have stated, that our diversity is a real key to our lower scores. But I’d like to see the teacher-to-student ratio compared to other states. I’m willing to bet that our state has a way larger ratio than most states.

  23. 23 kathryn koller April 30, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Wow this is depressing. I think there are a lot of different variables that are leading to California’s low test scores. And all these are just not one group. Like one part is that California spends like no money on education so kids and teachers are getting the resources they need. Then there is the fact that California does have more english learning students. Then there is the parents of California. They are probably not pushing their kids as much as they should be to study and read. Then there is the students themselves. There was a part in the article that said kids don’t really read on their own anymore and reading is learning. And that is so true, there needs to be some effort on the students parts in order to get better scores you can’t force someone to learn if they really don’t want to

  24. 24 Karla Martinez May 1, 2010 at 7:58 AM

    I have witnessed the severity of this issue first hand. My high school class was required to pass the EXIT exam in order to graduate high school. The exam was given to us sophmore year, and I thought it was super basic. However, some people needed multiple tries and even supplemental classes to be able to pass this exam, which was middle school level Mathematics and English. The exam was not made a requirenment to graduate after my class, which is pretty sad that people who can’t pass such a basic exam are still able to graduate high school.

  25. 25 Hyo Kim May 2, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    I agree with Jennifer, “just because californians pay the highest taxes does not mean our education is going to be great” Besides of all the facts about overpopulation including huge number of illegal immigrants who might be the victim of lowering test scores and things, but still I do feel that atmosphere here and East coast is very different.
    Can’t exactly descirbe what it is, but while I studied in Eastcoast, it used to feel like they had little more competition than here. Surrounding environment of more famous University can be the one of the reason because these things actually creates a lot more competition than the place where it has less.

  26. 26 Evan Schlinkert May 2, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Like many have noted I am also a student that has grown up in this horrible California education. I remember taking the “star” test when I was in elementary school, and by the time I reached high school it was like they didn’t even care. Not to say that I didn’t love going to a public school with my friends, but it was just clear that many of the teachers were at the point where they just didn’t care about us students.

  27. 27 Ana Ahnen May 2, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    This is very shocking to see because of the reputation California has for education. Even though these scores seem low, California is not doing completely terrible for the circumstances. Like the article said, residents that are English learners make up a large size of the population and this affects the scoring for the entire state. From the experience I’ve had in the California education system, there seems to be a lack of interest for those who need more help in school. I think that although we pay high taxes, we will not get good results for the system as a whole until those students that need extra aid are taken under consideration and paid more attention to.

  28. 28 Anna Hernandez May 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    I used to be a believer in “it’s not the teacher, it’s the student” philosophy but one day I sat in on my teenage cousin’s class and realized that sometimes it’s the teacher, not the student. No one in particular can be blamed for low test scores but we can blame the government for setting up this sort of system in order for schools to receive funding.

  29. 29 Jessica Opperman May 3, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    This article was interesting I would have throught California would have done pretty good with our education level. But with our wide variety of diversity could bring down our level in education. As well as California has an increasing number of cutbacks in the education system.

  30. 30 Nicole Hernandez May 3, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Since we pay so much in taxes, its sad that it is not spent wisely with schools. California’s education is called horrible which is pretty sad. There is a lot of students and with the teacher cut backs it just makes it even harder for the schools. There is not enough teachers to help all the students succeed, and something needs to be done because those students are the generation that is going to take over.

  31. 31 Charles McNeil May 4, 2010 at 2:37 AM

    Ouch!!! Is there anything more embarrassing? What are we doing wrong here? I thought kids were supposed to be getting smarter and smarter as technology gets fancier and fancier. It’s hard to stomach that California is down at the bottom with those other miserable (in my humble opinion) states. New Mexico? Arizona? Louisiana? DC? What in god’s name? I hope this goes as a warning to all you breeders out there. If you’re going to have more kids, please start having smarter ones. Or at least start tending to the educational needs of the ones you already got. You’re embarrassing the rest of us!

  32. 32 Angelina Hlavaty May 4, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    I believe California is just overall not doing so hot lately. Almost every article I have read is talking about all our states flaws. Yet, sadly it is true our test scores are not as high as perhaps some places in other parts of the US. Lots of this has to do with budget cuts. It also has to do with us have such a wide aray of different people. If we compare public and private schools of course private school are going to have their students test better. They have money to fund their students. I feel the fact that our population keeps growing and growing… and we do not see results. This is about the future for tomorow, we cant have students be what we have to look forward to if they are not getting the right educations.

  33. 33 Melissa Moylan May 6, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    I am not shocked by the information in this article. I have been lucky enough to receive a private education my whole life. The California school system is one of the worst in the country. Public high schools do not prepare students for college, so when they attend a public college they are overwhelmed and eventually drop out because the work load is too much. There should be more californians attending california colleges and this will only happen if the government stops making budget cuts and starts thinking of new ways to improve public schools.

  34. 34 nicholas joy May 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    The problem is not just money in regards to funds for the school and pay for teachers. But it is getting out of the sat mold and actually teaching students in a way that is engaging to the students. A approach i would like to see is having state regulated classes with the schools having individual freedoms to chose their own style of teaching, and then all of that over seen by a government panel. This micro management is key because these teachers are the ones who know what the problem is and can best make solutions to fix it.

  35. 35 selduhhh May 9, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    I find it ironic that the article makes such a quick jump to make up excuses of why our children at the bottom of the list. I also enjoy the fact that the article shows th enumber sof how much money theyre spending on the children’s education. It say that New York spends twice the amount that we do, that’s why their tests scores are higher than ours. Doesn’t that tel the people something? We need to put more money towards the education of our children. If there was more money going around for schools and education, minorites wouldn’t have such a hard time in school. I understnad that California is diverse, but its not an excuse for our children not to be properly educated.

  36. 36 Nolan Huddleston May 11, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    This article is very believable to me. I remember taking the state tests throughout high school. Not everyone took it seriously and just wanted to finish as soon as possible. Obviously this hurts our test scores if people all across the state do not care. Also, California is a very diverse state with many non-english speaking students. If they take the tests then we are doomed. I think that teachers are doing a great job preparing their students for these tests, but not telling them the significance.

  37. 37 Britt Rockseth May 11, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    This is hard to believe because I felt that in middle school and part of high school the teachers were teaching to the tech, they taught us so that we were able to pass the test we were required to pass to move on to the next grade or the exit exam. Fortunatly I attended a private school the last two years of high school and i felt that my educational experience was a whole different world than in the public school system. Even though we pay more taxes than anyother state, doesn’t correlate with how the states report card is. Attending a private school, the teachers cared if you succeeded, and it wasnt just about knowing the test material it was about fully understanding the concepts that were being taught. In the public school, i felt that the teachers were just there to get a pay check and it all for one, all the students fend for themselves

  38. 38 Joey V May 11, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Wow! I cannot believe that we are that low in the nation. It is unbelievable because we pride ourself on having great schools and being a very well rounded state. The educational budget cuts are really taking a toll on every American citizen. Even for the amount of money that any people ay for a privte education, we are still in last. Where is all the tax money going? With higher taxes and educational budget cuts, it is getting relly bad for our economy. Poor education leads to very minimal jobs and low incomes, which lowers our personal wealth.

  39. 39 Nick Baumann May 13, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    I don’t think California is trying to excuse itself from doing better. I actually thought Gordon’s comments were valid. We can’t expect our schools to do as well as smaller states simply because we have more children to deal with. We can’t go and spend over $15,000 per student like the top states do because it would bankrupt us. States like New York and New Jersey are able to do so because they have fewer children; we have to spread our resources a bit more thinly. But even so, it is kind of depressing to see such terrible results.

  40. 40 Nick Pasquale May 14, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    If those tests are based on the yearly tests that high school and middle school students take every year, then those numbers arent very accurate. Because when i was in high school I kids would just fill in bubbles and not even read the questions, personally I did not try my best on those tests. Students do not typically try on those tests is because they have nothing to do with your grade in classes. If schools wanted students to try their best on those tests, then they should make their test scores affect their grades.

  41. 41 Floyd Aranzazu May 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    No wonder this is one of the factors of why higher education in California is so cheap. We don’t put enough effort in raising the bar in K-12 classes. Do I smell the lies of No Child Left Behind?

  42. 42 Nhi Ho May 16, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    I went the California school system since elementary school, i have to say, that is not the best, but also not the worst. There can be improvement in our state’s education system. I attended a selective college prep high school, so I feel I have a good solid 4 years preparing for college. I feel ready when I started college last fall.

  43. 43 Chris Hirst May 16, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    the problem with education isnt the money its the students who have no drive or desire to learn and the teachers who are protected by unions so they have no fear of losing their jobs. this means they litteraly dont care about their student which further decrease the students ability to learn. all the teacherswho actually try are sucked up by the school in nicer area and all the teachers who dont care stay at school in lower icome areas. This creates a cycle that can only be broken by breaking up the union.

  44. 44 Matthew Jaber May 16, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    At first when i read the title, “California’s Education is Horrible” I was in shock, just thinking about all the remarkable colleges and universities. However, when i thought about it more i realized that california is one of the biggest and most diverse states in the US. With it being so diverse there are obviously going to be people who have english as a second or third language and being in the states educational system is going to be difficult. All the taxes that we pay that go to schooling are being put to use to help educate the diversity of California schooling.

  45. 45 Daniel Reddell May 16, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    I completely agree with this article’s sentiments. Education in California is pretty bad, considering how many areas of California are below the poverty line. I believe that more attention should be paid towards those areas in terms of education. Also I believe that there should be less cuts toward the education system. Budget cuts in education will only hurt California in the long run.

  46. 46 Erik Rasmussen May 17, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Again this is no surprise to me because of the amount of students that enter school speaking no English at all. My mother is a kindergarten teacher where she gets some students who are basically taught the basics of English by her, no prior English at all. There is a lot of students who require more reading help than our schools can offer and their testing scores are suffering for it.

  47. 47 Colette Whitney May 17, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    I have no doubt that this is true. It makes perfect sense why California has lower reading and test scores. Look at our location, we are right above Mexico where many immigrants come to California to better their lives. As you can see the other states near Mexico have low scores as well, such as New Mexico and Arizona. It is because the young kids are not 100% fluent. I remember when I went to public school in third grade (nothing against public school) out of the 20 kids in my class probably 12 spoke fluent English. Odds are this was not the only school where this was happening. It is simply because we are a very diverse state, the more immigrants we have, the lower test scores we have.

  48. 48 Miles Atkinson May 17, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    For getting 50% of the general fund revenues, California’s educational system is poorly organized. I believe that education is the key to improve the economy in the long run so if the educational system was poorly organized, it will make it even harder for the economy to improve.

  49. 49 amos mccray-goldsmith May 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    there does seem to be a fundamental problem with the california school system, we are the largest economy and we have the largest population of all the states. what i have heard from around the bay area is that funding for school seems insufficient. our system is still at the bottom of the list and the only way to fix it is to spend more on schools, this should have effects past higher test scores as well. with rises in employment and the life resulting from it.

  50. 50 Caitlin K May 17, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    I am embarrassed to admit that my education from the public schools in California, is not up to par with the rest of the country’s. Education is one of the most important aspects of this country and should be held with high standards. It does not make sense why 50% of our taxes go to schools but test results are not meeting expectations. It may be at the fault of the selection of teachers or curriculum, but I know that I have had so many great teachers, that I can’t believe that to be true. I’m sure that there are those teachers only in it for the paycheck, because I’ve had my share, but it may be the students that California has. It goes back to the debate over nature vs. nurture. A child my go to a state-of-the-art school with great teachers, but if they are unmotivated to learn and do their homework because of issues at home, then the new building and books wont matter.

  51. 51 Jamie B May 17, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    It seems that california’s public education gets worse every year. Which is ironic because the top universities in world are the Universities of California. But it is in the grade schools and high schools where the budget cuts and lack of funding are going to hurt california’s future. Slowly but surely the lack of funding in public education is forcing the privatization of schools

  52. 52 Luke Napier May 17, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    This problem with the California education system has always been an issue, but to hear these numbers is a bit shocking. With how overly populated and diverse this state has become, students struggle to understand the importance of knowledge with limited books, teachers, and supplies. Cutting spending in education may help our economic situation, but its just going to start a spiral effect with people not being qualified for jobs. Although our public schools struggle to get good test scores, there is plenty of room to improve students and our schools.

  53. 53 Kelsey Zeller May 17, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    This problem can be fixed if we just looked at what the actual problem is instead of trying to be the heros and fixing something that is almost impossible to fix. California is so concerened with the second speaking people that they forget about the people who understand. They give all this special treatment and spend all this money on them. Why? all it has done has made the test scores go down. What about the people who could actually benift from the money. But instead we give the money to the people who don’t understand a thing and are dragging us all down

  54. 54 Ibrahim Jamil May 17, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    We spend vasts amount of money in our education and i have always justified that and even encourage it. But now the implications and troubles of the California education system is apparent. We must now strive to prosper out of this downfall

  55. 55 MunchiesMan May 17, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    The problem isn’t with our school system its with our officials in office in the state of California. Just as the article said you cant expect California to be on the top of the list our schools aren’t funded enough. The two states on the top of the list are literally paying double into each students education then we do in California, something needs to be changed because with the amount of money currently going into schools isn’t enough and isn’t being spent right. We need to regulate schools spending, and we have all seen it first hand right at our own college and how money is essentially being used unethically in my view. our college received a good amount of federal funds for the campus and the first purchase was a tennis court??????? necessity??????? pretty crazy to see how our tax money is being spent.

  56. 56 Trella Chrisco May 18, 2010 at 7:32 AM

    yes it could be budget cuts and the diversity of our state, or the fact that we have more people living in our state which means more students per teacher. but what about all the distractions that california offers? i for one would rather be at the beach, hiking, camping, river rafting, enjoying the sun, then doing school work.

  57. 57 Kyle Barraclough May 18, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    This article comes as no surprise to me as this is probably the third one I have read about how messed up California’s school system is. What is the most disappointing is we pay higher taxes than most states and this money is being used for things other than for what it needs to be used for. I think it would be smart to begin paying teachers on a commission system so the better teachers keep their jobs and they are motivated to have their kids do well.

  58. 58 Justin Castro May 18, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Considering that we pay so much money in taxes every year, it would make sense if a large portion of that money was spend on schools, but unfortunately it isn’t. In some cases the money is spent on education but not in the sensible way that some would hope. The number of students is only growing each year, and the teacher cutbacks are only making this issue worse. There are already not enough teachers to help all the students do well in school. It is clear that something needs to be done to help our future leaders succeed.

  59. 59 Stephanie Boyle May 18, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    I started my elementary education in California and then I moved to Colorado, I found school was a lot harder there and more test directed at some instances. I think this is ridiculous considering the amount of taxes paid in California, but I think there are a lot more private education options in California also, which usually offer a better education. There is no excuse for the public school scores,and I think a lot more money should be spent on education, because educated people do better in the workplace and therefore promote economic growth.

  60. 60 Nick Pasquale May 18, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    This article makes sense that californias education is terrible, because there have been so many budget cuts. And with the budget cuts, tons of classes have been cut. I have friends that go to state schools and they say that is extremely difficult to register for classes and get the ones that they want.

  61. 61 Blanca Cerda May 19, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    I also agree that a lot of the reason why California’s education system is so bad is because of the budget cuts. There are so many classes being cut that it is over-populating the remaining ones. What I keep wondering is, where is all the money we spend on taxes going? We really need to do something about education because it is only going to get worse.

  62. 62 Alex Plascencia May 19, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    We definetely need tos tart paying more attention to the educational system of California because of how low it is. The spending per student in California is so low that even though we are a rich state we still have the lowest national test scores.

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