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May 1, 2009

Californians want schools to spend more wisely

Nanette Asimov:

Californians care deeply about public education - and most want school funding protected in the state budget - but they are feeling less generous than in past years about giving schools more money, a new statewide survey reveals.

People feeling the recession's bite want schools do a better job with the money already allocated, according to the survey of education attitudes by the Public Policy Institute of California.

At the same time, people are far less willing than in past years to pay higher taxes even to maintain existing levels of school funding.

"Californians are concerned about school quality and they're concerned about school funding. But that hasn't translated into more support for taxes and spending," Mark Baldassare, president of the independent research firm, said in a statement. "They're looking for reform and innovation that can lead to gains in school performance and student achievement."

Mitchell Landsberg has more.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at May 1, 2009 1:01 AM
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