California tumbled two more spots, to 49th in the nation in per-pupil spending, in Education Week’s latest annual Quality Counts report, released last week. The ranking, which includes Washington, D.C., and the 50 states, covers spending in 2010 and thus doesn’t include the impact of higher taxes that voters approved in passing Proposition 30 in November.
California’s per-student spending of $8,482 was $3,342 – 28 percent – below the national average of $11,824. Only Nevada ($8,419) and Utah ($7,042) spent less. Another Western state, Wyoming – $18,814 per student – led the nation in spending. The gap between California and the nation grew $344 per student in 2010, as California’s per-student spending dropped $185 from the year before as a result of a massive state budget deficit, while spending nationally grew $159. Last year, California ranked 47th out of 51; two years ago, before the impact of the recession, it was 43rd.
Education Week’s often-cited annual ranking factors in regional costs of living. (There are also significant regional cost disparities within California.) By comparison, according to the most recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau, covering 2009-10, California spent $9,375 per student, ranking 35th in the nation and only $1,240 below the national average of $10,615.
California also ranked low – tied for fifth-worst – in another Education Week measure, the percentage of state and local taxable resources spent on K-12 education. California, along with Oregon, Louisiana and Tennessee, spent 2.9 percent, compared with 4.4 percent nationally. Vermont was at the top, spending 5.8 of resources on education; Delaware (2.4 percent) was at the bottom.
The state Department of Finance is projecting in Gov. Brown’s proposed state budget that per-student spending will increase a hefty $2,700 through 2016-17, compared with 2011-12, but that increase would still be shy of the current national average. Other states also will probably raise their spending as the recession loosens its grip.
California ranked 36th overall in Education Week’s report. In addition to school finance, the report considers factors like student achievement, regulations for teachers and measures of equity. Each factor is assigned a number score and then averaged into a letter grade. California received a 75.5, or a C, which, while not stellar, is better than the F the state was given by Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst earlier this week.
The parents of comatose 17-year-old Christian Rasner of the Bay Area city of Milpitas are crying for justice and seeking the immediate arrest of the unidentified assailants of the Filipino American honor student.
Spouses Maria and Greg Rasner appealed to the public Thursday, March 19, to come forward with any information they may have about the two attackers who were reported in their mid-20s and wearing all-black.
"It's not easy, but we're responding to interviews with the media because we want justice for my son. Christian does not deserve what happened to him," Maria told FilAm Star by phone.
"We will not be at peace, and we will not stop until those guilty are put behind bars," Maria, who is originally from Cebu City, added.
Authorities said the junior honor student was hanging out with a friend at the Westfield Valley Fair mall in San Jose when two men approached him and asked him if he was affiliated with gangs.
Militants belonging to the Islamic State affiliate in Libya abducted about 20 doctors and nurses from hospital in the coastal city of Sirte so they can treat injured terrorist, according to Libyan officials.
COLMA (Bay Area) -- The Colma Community Center was filled with local dignitaries, and area residents, many representing the Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce.
The annual event, typically well-attended because it benefits the chamber’s “Access to Higher Education” college scholarship program, again attracted a few hundred people on Thursday, March 12.
Tickets to the event were sold out as early as January. Judging by the amount of crab served to the hilt, most festival goers had to think it was definitely worth the wait.