California Educator

February 2014

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Legislature Advocacy GOVERNOR ALLOCATES BILLIONS IN EDUCATION FUNDING — PROP. 30 FUNDS HELP OUR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES HEAL BY CLAUDIA BRIGGS GOOD NEWS GIVES US HOPE FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE On Jan. 9 Education Week released its annual Quality Counts report card, which looks at various factors and grades the states accordingly. It should come as no surprise that after years of devastating cuts to our schools, California was nearly at rock bottom. Yes. You read it right. The state ranked 50th in per-pupil spending, out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. That is how bad things had gotten right here in our state. You see, Ed Week's report card used data from 2010-11, the most recent available, to determine the ranking. According to the report, California spends $3,500 less per student than the national average and GO ONLINE Go to CTA's website for the latest on what's happening in the Legislature and to sign up for the legislative e-newsletter, Capitol News. FEBRUARY 2014 Educator 02 Feb 2014 v2.1 int.indd 37 37 1/27/14 3:52 PM

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