California Educator

June/July 2019

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for Educators D E S I G N L A B A M P L I F I E R , which amplifies the voices of social change movements through art and community engagement, believes the most crucial conversations that will shape America's future are happening in our classrooms. Its Education Amplifier program creates teaching tools such as artwork, lesson plans, art builds and story- telling opportunities, and distributes them free to educators for classroom use. These are meaningful ways for educators and students to join the conversation around such topics as climate justice, criminal justice reform, voting rights, immigration rights, disability justice, gun reform, queer rights and literacy. Educators can sign up at Amplifier President: ERIC K ALJUMÄGI, Mt. San Antonio College Vice president: R ANDA WAHBE, Cypress College New CCA Officers C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to the newly elected officers of the Community College Association, who begin their terms in June. I N E A R L Y J U N E , Education Week released its "Quality Counts 2019: School Finance" report. It finds that California now ranks 39th of 51 (50 states and Washington, D.C.) in per-pupil expenditures based on 2016-17 data that has been adjusted for regional cost-of-living differ- ences. That is up from 44th the prior year. The state's per-pupil funding of $10,281 is still $2,475 below the national average, and a whopping $10,259 below top-ranked Vermont. Go to for the full report. Per-Pupil Expenditures, adjusted for regional cost-of-living differences (2016–17 data) Rank State Per-Pupil Expenditures 1 Vermont $ 20,540 2 New York $ 19,697 3 Wyoming $ 18,090 4 Alaska $ 17,872 5 Connecticut $ 17,798 6 New Jersey $ 16,543 7 New Hampshire $ 16,347 8 Pennsylvania $ 16,122 9 Maine $ 16,006 10 Rhode Island $ 15,320 National Average $ 12,756 39 California $ 10,281 California Moves Up — But Still Lags Education Week, "Quality Counts 2019" 10 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S

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