Many people have been affected by the $20 billion dollar cut education has taken over the past four years (yeah, that's with a B). Understandably, some schools have felt the depleting funds more than others. The Weighted Pupil system that Governor Jerry Brown is trying to get passed is working to more effectively spread the funding so every student has a fair chance at quality education no matter where he or she grows up in Calif. For instance, a person who went to the school on the right of the photo might get the school better funds than if he or she attended the school on the left.
So here's a really quick run-down of what the Weighted Pupil System is:
Currently, the funding is determined by the number of students in a school versus the average number who actually show up to school per day.
With the weighted pupil system, schools will get a base funding per student of about $4,920. An additional $1,820 will be given for each low-income and/or English-language learner (ELL). If the school is made up of more than 50 percent low-income and/or ELL students, their funding would increase an additional 37 percent for every 10 percent over. It's a bit confusing.
Long Beach Unified School District is made up of more than 50 percent low-income/ELL students.
The proposed changes would take about six years to fully go into effect. Starting with the 2012 school year, about 5 percent of the funds for schools would be based on the weighted pupil system all the way through to the 2017 school year where 100 percent of the funding would be based on the system.
What are some reasons as to why people would be against this system? How do you feel about the change? Is there another way to improve the way schools get funding or should the system remain the same?
They sink faster?
Thanks for explaining Jesus! I like the sounds of this proposal, we all know funds do not currently get evenly distributed... The picture above does a good job illustrating that fact too.
this looks to be a way to get around affirmative action. while i do come from a low income family, and have had all of my tuition covered (through 11 years off and on at LBCC, and now at Chapman) I dont think this is the solution. Many people who DESERVE to go to college will be overlooked because the schools will be looking at bottom lines. What they need to do is close the underperforming, smaller campuses and funnel that money into the larger schools. They already have the bridge program where if you go to a long beach school you are pretty much accepted at CSULB. what happened to going to college because you earned it? CSULB is a sinking ship anyway. there are too many students, not enough teachers and classes being offered. i know its an unpopular opinion, but why not raise tuition to a liveable workable rate? i go to a school that costs 40 grand a year. you know what they do with our extra tuition? build classrooms. add programs. try to buy the Crystal Cathedral.
Oddly what's being missed here is the spending per pupil is dropping about $1000 dollars under this plan; current per pupil spending is about $5800.
Nice catch and good point...