California School Funding Map Tool

UPDATE: What’s different for the grassroots movement to fund schools with a 2/3 legislative vote by extending revenues, now that the May revise has been released? In short, nothing. Keep calling State Senators and Assembly members, and visiting your legislators in their district offices, and faxing letters and sending e-mails. School funding is STILL AT RISK, because while the unanticipated tax windfall helps in school year ’11-’12, it doesn’t solve the problem for next year, or for the long-term funding cliff that schools still face after June 30, 2011.
 
The bottom line is that if we don't get the 2/3 VOTE in the legislature to extend the current taxes by June 30th, those taxes WILL EXPIRE on July 1st, AND our Schools will suffer cuts. Even after the projected new revenue of $6.6 Billion, we still currently have a $9.6 Billion deficit in the state budget, and with schools' commitment almost 40% of the state budget, if those current taxes are not extended, schools will suffer significant cuts. Take action now to support our schools.
 
More info: Governor's Presentation of May Revise: video http://www.calchannel.com/channel/viewVideo/2511
State Legislative Analyst's Office (non-partisan): http://www.lao.ca.gov/laoapp/PubDetails.aspx?id=2482
Ed Source, May Revise: http://www.edsource.org/iss_fin_bud_debates.html
CA Budget Project, May Revise: http://cbp.org/documents/110516_May_Revise.pdf

If you want to get into the gruesome details, they can be found here.
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No revenue extension? School funding per student falls steeply

The map tool below shows the entire state of California. You can choose to look at funding for school districts, or by State Senate District or State Assembly District.

This map tool is a starting point to show what the estimated loss in per-pupil spending would be under an all-cuts budget. An all-cuts budget means current sources of revenue will expire on June 30, 2011 without extension.



How:
  1. Enter your address or zip code in the field next to “Go to.”
  2. Choose to see results by “Funding,” “Senate Districts,” or “Assembly Districts.”
  3. You’ll see a red pin marking the location on the map.

Funding:

  1. To see a school funding report, click on the area near the pin but not on the pin.
  2. If you double-click on the district area but do not get the school funding report, check to see that you have chosen to see results as “Funding.”

Senate District or Assembly District:

  1. To see Senate or Assembly District information, click on the area near the pin but not on the pin.
  2. If you double-click on the district area but do not get the the district number, elected representative, or political party, check to see that you have chosen to see results as “Senate District” or “Assembly District.”

How to understand what you see

Federal, state, and local money funds local public schools in an extremely complex formula. This highly technical formula must factor in state and federal laws, and rely on accounting methods specific to government. You can find an excellent detailed explanation here, at EdSource.org and here, at the California Budget Project.

We present accurate, but simplified information in this map tool, using projected losses to school districts after June 30, 2011, under an all-cuts budget as calculated by the non-partisan, non-profit California Budget Project. CBP results were released on April 28, 2011.

For more details and the most up-to-date information that affects your neighborhood school, please consult your local school district.

This tool was created by Sreeram Balakrishnan and Cynthia Liu, two grassroots parent advocates working with the non-profit group Parents for Great Education. Sreeram is a Technical Program Manager at Google Research (www.google.com/fusiontables), and a parent in the Los Altos Elementary School District. Cynthia is a parent of a first-grader at a California public school, founded K12 News Network and, with Parents for Great Education, helped research and project manage the collaboration. We thank the volunteers who helped test this tool. We’re also deeply indebted to Jonathan Kaplan and the California Budget Project for sharing their research, and providing support and informal advice. This was purely a non-profit effort made with donated labor and expertise.

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