The Governor proposes to restructure the way the state allocates funding to school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education. We believe the Governor’s proposed new formulas would address many problems inherent in the state’s existing K-12 funding approach, and we recommend the Legislature adopt most components of the proposal. Unlike the current system, the proposed formulas would be simple and transparent, fund similar students similarly, and link funding to the cost of educating students. We believe the proposed approach could be improved, however, with some notable modifications. We suggest a number of specific changes to better align funding levels with anticipated costs, eliminate irrational funding differences across districts, simplify the formulas, and ensure important state priorities are addressed.
Year-Three Survey: Update on School District Finance in CaliforniaReport Feb 6, 2012
[PDF] The 2012-13 Budget: Proposition 98 Education AnalysisReport Jan 26, 2012
Comparing Funding for Charter Schools and Their School District Peers