The Getting Down to Facts II project conducted research that resulted in 36 methodologically robust technical reports that span four aspects of California’s PreK-12 education system: student success, finance, governance, and personnel.
- School construction and modernization costs California billions every year, but the state's current policies do not provide enough funds to meet local needs and create disparities that advantage wealthier communities.1.59 MB
- Per-pupil spending in California has consistently been well below the national average, even with recent increases.12.59 MB
- Despite recent improvements in K-12 funding, California spends less than many states with similarly high costs of living and, as a result, our schools have fewer resources than schools in other states, particularly the number of adults per student.633.56 KB
- Early evidence on the Local Control Funding Formula shows that money targeted to districts with the greatest student need has led to improvements in student outcomes.2.48 MB
- Pension costs are increasing and will meaningfully reduce local operating expenditures for districts unless the system is changed.635.87 KB
- Experts estimate that it would take a 38% increase in spending to provide the services needed to give all California students opportunities to succeed in college and career.2.24 MB, 1.34 MB
- Special Education costs are rising, but state support and funding for Special Education has not; as a result, special education finance is a particular concern for district leaders.581.92 KB