Wondering how our public neighborhood schools are funded and governed? Look no further…

There is one thing that is abundantly clear in the state of public education in California: funding cuts have been deep and prolonged, with direct impact on our students. [Okay, that’s three things, intertwined.] What is less clear to many of us, including parents and voters, is how various public school-related agencies intersect.

Money flows from multiple sources and makes stops along the way before it reaches your child’s classroom. Each agency has a function that entitles it to a share of your tax dollars earmarked for public education. It’s possible in this funding climate to see on the one hand, neighborhood schools cutting back, but a County agency, for example, has enough excess revenue to purchase a new building for staff growth.

At the risk of oversimplifying a complex heirarchy, what follows is an attempt to map out where your neighborhood school falls into the grand scheme of public…

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Parents, teachers, and concerned community members making an argument against the petition for a new charter elementary school in Santa Cruz city or county districts.
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