State and Local Government
Enter the website for the Center for Budgets and Policy Priorities: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=4011 Read the study: Most States Funding Schools Less than Before the Recession by Michael Leachman and Chris Mai States’ new budgets are providing less per-pupil funding for kindergarten through 12th grade than they did prior to the recession of 2007-2009. The various austerity measures in many states has left school districts with less and less funding each year. At a time when the nation is trying to produce workers with the skills to master new technologies and adapt to complexities of global economy, this decline in state educational investment is cause for concern, according to the authors of the study. Review the study. In each section compare where California falls in relation to other states when it comes to spending per student, spending cuts and educational job cuts. Is there cause for concern? Do you think the quality of education will affect Californians? What are the possible unintended consequences?