The Educated Guess: Watching California public schools sink — a preventable Titanic

By Tamara Hurley

One hundred years ago last month, the cry “women and children first” echoed on the decks of the ill-fated Titanic.  A century later, the ship carrying California’s future is listing in the water.  However, it seems that today no one is willing to make a sacrifice: It’s every man, woman and child for himself or herself.

California was once the envy of the country — beautiful beaches, good jobs, a booming economy, and the promise of the best public education system, including top-notch, affordable state colleges and universities. However, the economic seas became rough in 2007 with the impact of the recession.  In an effort to keep California afloat, our leaders in Sacramento — unable or unwilling to right the ship by raising revenue— scrambled for items to dump overboard.  The value of education plummeted as other budget items were given priority, and education funding became the primary target, suffering a disproportionate loss of revenue.  From 2007-08 to 2010-11, K-12 education funding sustained 54 percent of the loss of revenue, although it represented approximately 40 percent of the General Fund.  In contrast, corrections sustained just a 4 percent loss, despite representing approximately 10 percent of the General Fund.

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