Schools Are Still Severely Underfunded

Chris Ungar, president of the California School Boards Association, has written an op-ed for The Sacramento Bee discussing the need to drastically increase funding for education.

The CSBA recently released a report highlighting that schools are being underfunded by $42 billion each year.

Ungar also adds that California is behind nearly all other states nationwide in terms of per-student spending. The national average is $11,667 and California is spending $8,213, making them 46th nationally, according to an Education Week report.

The state is nearly last in student-teacher ratio. The national average is 15.4 and California is at 21.2 students per teacher. More than 100,000 teachers would need to be hired for the state’s 6 million students in order to reach the average.

While the state’s budget has increased funding for education, it still is not enough. Unger also includes a call to action to help increase funding in order to help students succeed in school.

Chris Ungar, president of the California School Boards Association, can be reached at sayitok@aol.com.


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