A new education report finds that California schools are under more stress than ever after years of budgets cuts.
The first report by EdSource to analyze school stress factors, “Schools under Stress: Pressures Mount on California’s Largest School Districts” identifies eight factors that make it more difficult for a school to provide quality education to all of its students.
“Unless you are a parent or a student, you don’t know what is going on in schools,” EdSource executive director Louis Freedberg told reporters from ethnic media outlets at a recent briefing in downtown Los Angeles co-organized by New America Media.
“What we really try to do with this report is to bring together a list of factors that are often reported on but not in a comprehensive, holistic way,” he said.
Freedberg, who worked as an education reporter with California Watch before joining the education research organization, said the stress factors allow the media and the general public to gain greater understanding of the accumulative impact on schools after five sustained years of cuts, which amount to an average loss of $530 per student.
The report was compiled by surveying California’s 30 largest school districts, which serve more than half of the student population in the state who are largely low-income and non-white. The report also drew data from the American Community