Years ago Rand Corporation forecast that by the end of the last century Californicate's spending on education, social welfare, and Medi-cal, would comprise around 90% of all state expenditures. TWC sucked in his breath in shock but even in my most cynical moments I thought such a thing to be impossible.
Time has proven me wrong and according to my better half, Director of Education at Reason Foundation in LA, an explosive education budget fight is imminent.
Although the fighting will center around Prop 98, which guarantees education funding levels irrespective of state receipts, Lisa argues in this opinion piece that it doesn't matter because school funding is rarely tied to student achievment. That might go a ways toward explaining why some states accomplish so much with so little and others accomplish so little with so much.
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