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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