What Does It Cost to Educate California’s Students? A Professional Judgment Approach

Karen Manship,
Melissa Arellanes,
Lynn Hu

Experts estimate that it would take a 38% increase in spending to provide the services needed to give all California students opportunities to succeed in college and career. 

NOTE: An error was discovered by the research team after the initial release of the report. This error was corrected, causing the actual spending estimations to drop and the adequate spending calculations to rise slightly, resulting in a larger reported statewide gap in funding to provide an adequate education to all students. It is important to note that the corrected figures do not change the overall findings in the report. For more information, please contact Jesse Levin at jlevin@air.org. Media inquiries may be directed to Dana Tofig at dtofig@air.org.