Who Ruined California's Public Schools?
Who ruined California’s Public Schools?
That’s the accusation that is being tossed around these days.
“Illegal immigrants have flooded the state! And public schools are choking on the excessive amount of students! Not to mention that most of the students can’t even speak English!”
I hear this sentiment echoed through different media channels daily—from the CNN policy analysts in their stripey fancy suits to some over weight lady in a fanny pack being interviewed on her front lawn in Sylmar . The fingers all point to the “broken border.”
Currently, there is political firestorm brewing about the border and immigration reform. I would like to focus on just one dimension of the debate : the decay public schools in the state. Who are we to blame?
Allow me to explain. Up until the 1980’s California was a model state for public education (K-12). We ranked 18th in school spending. California public schools’ funding (...)