Though public school funding has increased considerably since the passage of Proposition 30 and the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), California still lags behind most states in per pupil funding. Educational outcomes are low and troubling disparities by race/ethnicity, gender, language, and ability level still persist. In recent years, suspension rates have dropped across the state, however, disparities between student subgroups persist, particularly for Black students.
Every child is entitled to a high-quality public school education with access to college and career readiness. Students should be protected and supported in school regardless of race/ethnicity, religion, immigration status, language, ability, gender, sexuality or involvement in the juvenile justice or foster care system. California policymakers and systems leaders should enact school climate, funding and accountability policies to ensure and protect the learning, dignity and equitable treatment for all students, particularly vulnerable students who need additional investments and interventions to succeed in school.
To better serve and educate high-needs students:
- Fund and require school districts to implement positive school climate policies and practices that are student-centered and trauma-informed
- Ensure adequate and equitable funding and accountability for uplifting poor students, students with special needs, English learners, foster youth, justice-involved youth and students of color
- Increase education access and improve post-secondary opportunities for current and former justice-involved youth