California's K-12 Education During a Fiscal Crisis
The national recession created unique resource challenges for public education. California is of particular interest because of the number of the nation’s students the state educates and the depth of education cuts in an already low-spending education state. Additionally, California has been hit especially hard, and the impact on the state’s K–12 education is particularly pronounced. This report compares California’s education resources and student outcomes to those of other states and finds that the state’s education system was among the leanest in the nation prior to the recent recession. The report also presents the perspectives of state and local education policymakers who share their experiences during severe cuts in almost every area of the education system. Based on interviews with district, county, and state officials, the report concludes with key considerations for policymakers as they enact new policy and budget decisions.