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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.