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Budget crisis forces deep cuts at Calif. schools

Original post made by Still waiting, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2009

A national AP article from today. Highlights include

"California schools now rank at or near the bottom nationally in academic performance, student-teacher ratios in middle and high school, access to guidance counselors and the percentage of seniors who go directly to four-year college"

"In its annual survey this year, Education Week magazine ranked California 47th in per-pupil spending and gave the state a D in academic achievement."

The complete story:

Web Link

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm

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What most people don't understand is that the ranking by Education Week conflicts with rankings by other organizations. So it allows everyone to make conflicting claims and it only confuses the general populace.

Education Week's ranking evaluates per-pupil spending by using a complex formula to make adjustments for cost of living. Now while I could agree with that strategy, the formula can be suspect as it isn't immediately clear how they're making the adjustments. Other organizations tend to use straight dollars and California tends to be in the middle on such rankings.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 21, 2009 at 11:11 pm

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Just a quick addition, the NEA, the United States' largest teachers union, is an example of an organization that publishes their own rankings of per-pupil spending that conflicts with Education Week (which is apparently owned/controlled by the CTA).

NEA says California is below the national average (not at the bottom) in per-pupil spending. For a bit of fun, check out what other rankings California appears way way above the national average in according to the NEA: Web Link

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Why doesn't this state run itself like the states which are successful in educating it's citizens?

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