I’m working on a project about school funding levels in California and what will happen — to class sizes, to teacher pay, to labor relations, to the quality of education — if the downward trend continues.
As usual, I could use your help.
I’m looking at how these cuts will hit some students harder than others, depending on where they live and what their needs are, especially in the lower grades.
I also wonder to what extent the more draconian reductions we’re seeing this year (kindergarten classes of 30 in some East Bay districts, such as Hayward, San Lorenzo and Mt. Diablo) will keep even more middle-class families in California from using the public schools. If that happens, the public school system could become even more segregated.
What do you see playing out in Oakland or elsewhere in the Bay Area? Please share your thoughts and your stories here, and/or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be interviewed.
P.S. I will be in the wilderness and away from modern technology from tomorrow morning through Monday night, so if your comment doesn’t clear for a few days, it’s nothing personal!