Date: February 2, 2016 File: publicadvocates-education-one-sheet-final.pdf Education One Sheet
Each parent should be able to find out how much their child’s school spends per student compared to other schools. In 2005, Public Advocates helped make this a reality by co-sponsoring Senate Bill 687, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian (D – Palo Alto), that required districts to report per pupil expenditures school by school. The legislation – the first of its kind in the nation – ended the practice by California districts of reporting only district-wide averages to the public. It also required districts to disclose average teacher salaries for each of their school sites. A 2010 report analyzing SB 687 data by the Center for American Progress revealed a pattern of troubling inequities in California schools: the higher the proportion of low-income students at a school, the lower the average salary of the school’s teachers.
Public Advocates Center for American Progress report: Lifting the Fog of Averages