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Journal of No. 118


September 5th, 2009

Education funding in this state is so arcane that only a handful of people claim to understand it. @ 06:28 pm


The Los Angeles and Inglewood school districts, for instance, have similar populations and educational challenges. Yet Inglewood received $1,400 less per student in 2007-08, the last year for which figures are available. And the relatively affluent Capistrano Unified School District in south Orange County got $1,000 less than that, while the well-off Laguna Beach schools received $3,000 more than Inglewood.
 
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From:colleenky
Date:September 8th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
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Yes. A while ago, I got a bee in my bonnet about CA school funding and tried to do some online research. I kept coming across sources that referred to a formula but never the formula itself. I finally came across some site that basically said it was a byzantine, convoluted thing. I found the lack of transparency troubling.
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From:rsheslin
Date:September 9th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure the reason Capo Unified gets less is because my parents' house has needed painting for about 15 years, thus lowering the quality of all the surrounding neighborhoods for miles around.
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From:therrin
Date:September 14th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
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LOL.

I wonder about the funding too. Capistrano makes a LOT of money though. I remember being told that the principal for their high school makes 1.5x the pay of a principal in Irvine. I saw this weird like 6 hour PBS style special on the california budget system awhile back (weirdly enough I think I was in England at the time) and I remember being highly intrigued to learn that most of the funding for districts like Irvine comes from buisness donations and a district foundation. I always wonder how much that gets factored in in the system at the state level in distributing funds.

Journal of No. 118