California’s Support for K-12 Education Ranks Low by Almost Any Measure

BY JONATHAN KAPLAN

Although they do not refl ect how much it actually costs to provide California’s students a high-quality education, rankings of state K-12 education spending are frequently used to assess California’s investment in its schools.1 According to the most recent available information, California’s K-12 education spending lags the nation by almost any measure.

In 2014-15, California ranked 42nd among all states in spending per K-12 student after adjusting for differences in the cost of living in each state (see table).2 California schools spent $10,139 per K-12 student, $1,900 less than the $12,040 per student spent by the nation as a whole. These fi gures, and this California ranking, refl ect a new Budget Center analysis that adjusts the most recent K-12 spending fi gures for the variation in states’ costs of living.3 • California ranked 36th among all states in K-12 spending as a share of the state economy in 2014-15. California’s K-12 school spending in 2014-15 was 3.48% of state personal income – a measure that refl ects the size of the state’s economy – compared to 3.88% in the nation as a whole.

See Table in link below.

California’s Support for K-12 Education Ranks Low by Almost Any Measure

 

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