EdSource: CA Kids Facing ‘Enormous Stress’

Reprinted from Mercury News

California’s public schools may be facing unprecedented levels of pressure as they try to teach an increasing number of children in poverty with fewer employees and a continual threat of cutbacks, a report by the Mountain View-based research group EdSource found.

Through publicly available data and surveys of the state’s 30 largest districts — including San Francisco, Oakland, Mt. Diablo, Fremont, San Jose and San Francisco — policy analysts compiled information on a number of “stress factors,” from local unemployment rates to smaller budgets as a result of the state’s budget deficit. In 2010-11, California’s public schools spent $2,856 less on each student than the national average, according to the California Budget Project.

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