How much would it cost to adequately fund schools in California?

Nearly 400 California school districts spend at least 50 percent less per student than required to provide an adequate education based on the state’s content standards and academic goals, according to a new interactive data tool published by EdSource. The news site developed the funding scale from a study conducted by the American Institutes for Research In their report for Getting Down to Facts II, a comprehensive research project of PACE and Stanford University. The AIR study, What does it cost to educate California’s students? A professional judgment approach, found that the average shortfall for all districts was 38 percent, or $25.6 billion, in the 2016-17 school year.


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