California School Funding Plans Retain Strong Public Support

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released its May survey that gauges public opinion on state government affairs. From a California school funding aspect, Governor Brown’s revised budget proposals are receiving strong support. However, the California Business Roundtable (CBRT) poll says it is not as high as PPIC suggests.

Brown’s $1 billion push for Common Core standards implementation was unexpected, but 73 percent of adults and 83 percent of public school parents agree with the governor. About $170 will be spent per student to get them more acquainted with the new curriculum.

The following is the wording of the question and the results by demographic:

“As part of his revised budget plan, Governor Brown proposes providing K–12 schools with $1 billion in one-time revenues to fund teacher training, textbooks, and computers to support the implementation of the ‘Common Core State Standards,’ a new set of English and math standards that the state will roll out in 2014. Do you favor or oppose this proposal?”