A Court Could Completely Change Education Funding

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco is considering intervening in California’s school finance system.

The state appeals court heard arguments from the California Teachers Association, State PTA, school boards, administrators, and nine individual school districts.

The groups claim that students’ state constitutional rights to proper education are being violated because the current system inhibits them.

“The schools are inadequate. California’s at the bottom of the list,” said Justice Stuart Pollak. “Can’t we recognize that there is a basic, fundamental problem with our schools?”

A suit was filed in 2010 in response to how the legendary Proposition 13 of 1978 has reduced property taxes, and as a result, state spending for schools.

California repeatedly ranks at the bottom of the list in terms of funding, class size, test scores, and staffing ratios.

A ruling is expected within the next three months. After that, the case could go to the state Supreme Court.


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