PACE Event

Adequate Funding for California Schools


Since the adoption of the LCFF, California’s public school funding structures have become more straightforward and transparent. Additionally, per pupil spending has increased, but remains below the national average. It’s estimated that in 2016-17, California would have needed to spend about $26 billion, over one third more than it did, to adequately fund public schools. Comparisons between California and other states (accounting for differences in cost of living) in terms of funding levels and policy put California’s public school spending in context and help to identify opportunities for improved funding measures.

Presenters Jennifer Imazeki and Jesse Levin summarize findings on California’s funding structures and trends, detailing gaps between current and adequate spending.

Speakers include:

  • Jennifer Imazeki,Professor of Economics and Director of the SDSU Center for Teaching & Learning, San Diego State University
  • Jesse Levin, Principal Research Economist, American Institutes for Research

Moderated by Heather J. Hough, Executive Director, PACE


Jennifer Imazeki