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California's budget deficit revives state's everlasting battle over school funding

Posted on AllSides May 21st, 2024
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Financial support for the nearly 6 million students in California’s public schools is not only the largest chunk of the state budget, but for the past half-century it has been its most contentious element. This year is no exception as Gov. Gavin Newsom faces stiff opposition from the education establishment for a new fiscal maneuver to cope with a massive budget deficit. A bit of history places it in context. Until the 1970s, local school systems were financed almost entirely from property taxes. Since the amount of taxable property varied...

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