Dublin Unified School District Calls on Legislature to Fund
Public Schools at the Average of the Top 10 States
School districts across California to adopt CSBA resolution to fund public schools
at the national average by 2020 and the average of the top 10 states by 2025
Dublin, CA (March 7, 2018)
As part of its ongoing work to ensure that all District students benefit from the resources needed for a high-quality education, the District School Board is calling on the Legislature to raise school funding to the national average by 2020 and to the average of the top 10 states by 2025.
"It is unconscionable that California claims to prioritize education, prides itself on its successful economy and touts the Governor's budget surplus as a noteworthy accomplishment, yet still trails the nation in funding for public schools," stated Dublin Unified School District Board President Amy Miller. "When our State Government's per person spending is five times higher for prison inmates than for students, there is a clear disconnect. Our expectation to reach the national average in per pupil funding is more than reasonable, and we hope our current and future Governors take this resolution to heart, and respond with appropriate and swift action."
During the Board's February 27, 2018 meeting, Miller and hercolleagues passed a Full and Fair Funding resolution sponsored by the California School Boards Association (CSBA). The resolution asks the Legislature to raise funding to a level that allows schools to prepare all students - regardless of background - for success in college, career and civic life.
Currently, California ranks 41st in per-pupil funding, 45th in the percentage of revenue devoted to public schools, and last or nearly last in almost every measure of school staffing, such as student-teacher ratio or the number of counselors, students, librarians or nurses per student.
Substantial research points to a positive relationship between education funding and improved student outcomes, particularly for economically disadvantaged students. As the Full and Fair Funding resolution states, "in order to prepare our students for participation in a democratic society and an increasingly competitive, technology-driven global economy, California must fund schools at a level sufficient to support student success."
"To assure our students are competitive in college and their future careers, and to compensate our teachers in a way that reflects the critical role they play in this process, the State must prioritize an increase in education spending," said Dr. Leslie Boozer, Superintendent, Dublin Unified School District. "Education fuels our State's economic engine. If we achieve the goals laid out by the CSBA, California will remain a vibrant economy driven by world-class teachers and highly educated students."
California has the world's sixth largest economy and the highest gross domestic product (GDP) of any state, yet spends significantly less per-pupil than most other states. This wasn't always the case, and the Full and Fair Funding resolution urges the Legislature to reprioritize education. In 1970, California funded schools at $400 per student above the national average - roughly $2,600 in today's money. Today, California funds schools at nearly $2,000 per student below the national average and nearly $7,000 per student below the average of the top 10 states.
Recent efforts to address the funding issue, like the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), simply restored funding to the pre-recession levels of 2007, doing little to close the funding gap between California and other states.
In order to better serve District students, rectify years of underinvestment in California public schools and build a brighter future for this state, the District is proud to join school districts across the state in calling for Full and Fair Funding of California public schools.
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