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Old 02-01-2011, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Tough and thorough analysis from the Pepperdine University's Davenport Institute.

Basically, it shows that expenditures for education in California grew at greater than the rate of inflation between 2003 and 2009, yet the percentage of money spent on direct classroom expenditures declined during this period.

Here are a couple excerpts from the report's exec summary that I found to be jarring but interesting (note - public policy report, not subject to copyright law):


Total Expenditures (excluding Capital Expenditures) increased from $45,603,379,048 to $55,601,177,318 during this period, an increase of 22 percent. To put this 22 percent increase in perspective, it was notably greater than the 15 percent increase in Per Capita Personal Income (PCPI) for all Californians during this period. It was also greater than the increase
in inflation or the consumer price index during this period...

Average Daily Attendance (including charter schools) actually declined from 5,896,402 in FY03‐04, to 5,757,830 in FY 08‐09. During this period, Total
Expenditures per student (excluding Capital Expenditures) increased from $7,734 in FY 03‐04 to $9,673 in FY 07‐08, before declining by $16 dollars, to $9,657 in FY 08‐09. This was an increase of $1,923 (or 24.9 percent) in Total Expenditures per student from FY 03‐04 through FY 08‐09. This 24.9 percent increase was substantially greater than the 15 percent increase in California PCPI over this same period.



http://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/d...-education.pdf
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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+1 Rep point for you. Thanks for this contribution. This information is very informative and puts things further in perspective regarding the K-12 Expenditures which account for the majority of California's Budget
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:42 PM
 
Location: San Leandro
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Am I the only one not surprised?
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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When you look at the magnitude of overall expenditures, and the % of our state budget this absorbs, it really draws attention to one of the most significant contributors to our budget crisis.

I wonder why they couldn't go back to their per pupil expenditures of 2003, plus an adjustment for inflation. This alone would reduce annual expenditures by about $4 billion.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Carmichael, CA
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During the height of the recession, I was very bothered by the radio spots I was hearing that went something like "Do you want to go to college? the State of California can help you--free tuition, free books, and they'll even pay for your rent and expenses. Apply today."

Could this be why our education expenses have gotten so high--because they include student's rent and grocery expenses?
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