Opinion: California Schools Face a Bleak Financial Future

A team of researchers managed by Stanford University and PACE — Policy Analysis for California Education — recently released a massive study of California schools’ successes and shortcomings.

It concluded that for California’s elementary and secondary schools to reach academic performance goals, the state should expand education into early childhood, prior to kindergarten, and raise overall school spending by 32 percent.

The report said that “while public schools in California spent about $69.7 billion on school operations in 2016-17, an additional $22.1 billion—32 percent above actual spending—would have been necessary for all students to have had the opportunity to meet the goals set by the state Board of Education.”