PLS 201 - Essay (Topic #2) - Winter 2006 PLS 201 Essay...

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Winter 2006 PLS 201 Essay Topic #2 Many question the degree of California’s education system, its funding for public education, and if the state is providing an equal opportunity to all students. As said by Gerston and Christensen, despite having one of the highest per capita incomes in the nation, per capita spending slipped to 38 th in the country in the 2004-2005 fiscal year. (Gerston p.108) California, regardless of its ranking, provides just as much an equal opportunity to all students as the 25 th or 15 th ranked states. There are 939 school districts in California, in which two will be part of the focus of equal opportunity through contrast and comparison. According to California Department of Education (CDE), through the funding multiple sources, in 2004-2005 $58.9 billion dollars overall were allocated for K-12 education. The previous year allocated $55.7 billion dollars. This funding for public education serves purpose to over six million children attending school K-12. The general fund for public education in California is based on state revenues collected through taxation, but as stated above there are multiple sources. Here is the break down of funding for schools in 2004-2005: State Funds 59% Local Property Tax 22% Federal Government 13% Local Miscellaneous Revenues 6% Lottery 1% ( %2FArticle%2Easp%3Ftitle%3DEducation%2520Issues )
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A decrease in funding by the federal government has led to the state having to make up for that loss. The United States average for per student Average Daily Attendance (ADA) in 2001 was $8,087, making California a good $700 plus some under the average at $7,324 in the same year. These numbers ranked California 35 th in expenditures per student as of 2001, though the student per teacher ratio ranks them as 3 rd with an average of 20.8 students per teacher. For the past 15 years public education has seen, and continues to see, enrollment growth in schools statewide, especially in California due to “the echo of the baby boomers and continued immigration.” California is also houses the most diverse students
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