School Spending 

Why this matters

Schools are hiring again and buying new equipment thanks to a strong economy and a temporary tax. But California is still 41st in the nation for per-pupil spending and academic performance continues to lag. Now, forecasters see a triple threat to school budgets: pension costs are growing, the tax is expiring and a recession would likely mean layoffs. Will voters extend the temporary taxes this year?

“Since I was elected governor, the increase to school spending is 51 percent.”

- Jerry Brown, California Governor

Without the tax, “it would be a significant hit to the bottom line, no doubt about it,”

- John Walsh, CFO of Los Angeles Unified School District


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