Too Many Districts, Not Enough Money

Funding Our Kids First

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010  |  Updated 3:08 PM PDT
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Nearly half of California school districts service fewer than a thousand students, is this the best use of our ever shrinking budget?

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And now an NBC Bay Area Editorial...

Nine Bay Area schools are headed toward fiscal collapse.

I'm Suzanne Shaw (NBC Bay Area Editorial Director)

Nearly half the school districts in California serve fewer than a thousand students. Santa Clara county alone has 31 separate school districts, each, with its own administration, and two districts have just one school each.

It's time to consolidate management and merge school districts.

There are many devoted people in school administration, maybe more than we can afford. They're not going to eliminate their own jobs. It's up to us to bring about school district consolidation and put our kids first!

Check on your school district.


Click on the links below to learn more about financing California's public schools:

School Finance Highlights 2009-10: The Impact of the Fiscal Crisis on California Public Schools

School Finance 2009–10: Budget Cataclysm and its Aftermath

Q&A: The Basics of California's School Finance System

Understanding School District Budgets: A Guide for Local Leaders


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