School Finance Reform: Show Me the Money


State Sen. Joe Simitian once compared California’s byzantine school financing system to the “Winchester Mystery House” — with rooms added willy-nilly to solve one problem or another.

In 1978, voters passed Prop. 13, limiting residential property taxes, the source of most school funding up to that point. Ten years later, in 1988, voters passed Prop. 98 requiring a minimum percentage of the State budget be spent on k-14 education.

What impact did Prop 13 and Prop 98 have on education funding? What effect do these still have on the education system today?

Rachel Ehlers from the CA LAO; Michael Krist, President of the CA Board of Education; and Dean Vogel, President of the CA Teachers Association comment on this episode of the Maddy Report.

Commentary provided by Tom Changon, Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools; Michael Johnston, Clovis Quinto, Fresno United School District’s Deputy Superintendent and CFO; and Christine Fraizer, Kern County Superintendent of Schools.