Soon we won’t even be able to say “Thank God for Mississippi”

“California is winning a race to the bottom and our children are paying the price. The report finds that, when compared to other states, California ranks:

• 50th in student to teacher ratios, with 21.3:1 compared to a national average of 13.8:1
• 49th in student to guidance counselor ratios, with 809:1 compared to a national average of 440:1
• 46th in student to school administrator ratios, with 358:1 compared to a national average of 216:1
• 46th in education spending as a percentage of personal income, and
• 44th in spending per student, with $8,826 spent per student compared to a national average of $11,372

“Unfortunately for our children, in the context of our $19.1 billion deficit, California could soon place 50th in all categories. The governor and Republican legislators are refusing to discuss revenue alternatives. Their cuts-based approach to closing our budget gap inevitably places a huge target on K-12 education because it is the largest single expenditure from our General Fund.”
Public Education in Crisis, by Assemblymember Noreen Evans, July 10, 2010

Assemblymember Noreen Evans, Cassandra of California.


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