What Has Happened to California’s Public Schools?

California was once lauded as a pinacle of public education – a California High School diploma was viewed as not only an achievement, but a mark of a well educated mind. Fast forward to 2011 and California now ranks 47th in the nation for student funding; its graduate rate is a measly 42nd. It has the widest gaps in teacher : student ratios and, on averages, funds individual students 35% less than other states.

What happened to California? Is it redeemable?  How has a state with so many resources, great wealth, and immense opportunity fallen so far?

There is a broad consensus that California’s public schools are not what they could be, nor what they used to be

This month’s Economist publishes an excellent exposé on the California school system and a great read for anyone involved in public education and/or wants to invest in our children’s future.

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About Jennifer Carey

My name is Jennifer Carey and I am a student and educator of the human condition. I have long studied history, trained in archaeology, and found a passion in the field of education. As a long-time lover of technology (my father bought our family our first Apple IIe when I was three), I love technology and what it can bring to the classroom. I have taught at various Universities for many years as well as educating gifted teenagers through the Johns Hopkins program, the Center for Talented Youth. I am currently the Director of Educational Technology at the Ransom Everglades School (a secular independent school) in Miami, Fl. I also have a few educational podcasts on iTunes from my days teaching at TCU: The Ancient City of Rome, Classical Archaeology (2008), Classical Archaeology (2009), Introduction to Classical Myth, and Ancient Eats. They’re enhanced (so you get the PowerPoints along with the vocal), but please excuse the poor audio editing. Feel free to Email Me or follow me on twitter.
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6 Responses to What Has Happened to California’s Public Schools?

  1. Jen,

    What source did you use to show that California now ranks 47 in the nation? I knew California was in huge huge trouble, but it is hard to believe that over three Southern States rank above California. How tragic that a state with so much money is not dedicating the necessary funds to education.

    • Jennifer Lockett says:

      My error, I corrected, they are 47th in the nation for funding students! 42nd for drop out rates! There are a number of stats listed on the Economist’s page – it’s an interesting article.

  2. Oy! I will need to read this disturbing article.

  3. Lori E. says:

    The state of California is a mess. No doubt about that. I will have to look that article up at work – a public library – another grossly underfunded institution.

    • Jennifer Lockett says:

      Thanks for the comment Lori. You are right, how do we expect o have a well-educated, involved citizenry when we strip them of funding and remove basic amenities (like libraries).

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