California Ranks 42 in K-12 Education Funding

According to the California Budget and Policy Center (Budget Center), California ranks 42nd in the nation when it comes to per-pupil expenditures.

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, the Budget Center released a fact sheet outlining California’s funding for K-12 schools relative to other states in the nation. The fact sheet, available here, uses 2014-15 education spending data from all fifty states and the District of Columbia compiled by the National Education Association. To account for the cost-of-living differences across the nation, a comparable wage index (CWI) was applied.

With the CWI applied, California’s spending per pupil was $10,139, $1,900 below the national average of $12,040 per student, placing it near the bottom of all the states’ education spending. Absent the CWI, California placed 29th in the nation noted Jonathan Kaplan, senior policy analyst with the Budget Center, in a webinar announcing the fact sheet.

As a share of personal income, California ranked 36th, with 3.48% of personal income dedicated to K-12 spending. Nationally, the average is 3.88% of personal income going towards K-12 education.

To download the fact sheet, click here.

San Diego Unified School District will be holding their second Town Hall meeting regarding education focusing on Community Conversation on Robust Funding: What it Means for San Diego, How You Can Get Involved on January 19, 2016 starting at 6:30 pm, location to-be-determined.  Visit their website at for updates.

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