Educate Our State is a grassroots, parent-led organization educating and uniting Californians to advocate for
systemic change that will provide all students with a high-quality public education. Add your voice now!

Why your property taxes are not getting to your schools


We’ve done a lot research, talked to a lot of education experts, asked a lot of questions and done a lot of thinking. We aren’t education experts, but we’ve learned quite a bit along the way. Find out more about who we are, what we’ve done, and California’s education system by following the links below.

Want to know more about how Educate Our State started? Check out Our Story.

LCFF Provides an Opportunity for the Parent Voice in Education  The Local Control Funding Formula simplifies education funding by designating uniform base grants per student across the state.  These funds have NO spending restrictions and are under “local control.”  For students who are either English Learners or come from poverty, LCFF also provides additional resources that are to be spent on these students, recognizing the increased resources needed to adequately support these populations.  LCFF is described in more detail here.

“Local Control” means that school districts and schools will develop their own accountability plans (LCAP), which set student outcomes and spending, but have essentially no state oversight.  This gives school districts increased flexibility and control.  And it give parents and community members the opportunity to impact goals, spending, transparency, and accountability—but only if districts engage them to participate.  

Parent involvement is a key element of the plan outlined by the LCFF, but the current guidelines could be interpreted to relegate involvement of parents in the LCAP as merely check marks after the fact rather than as true stakeholders during the development.

This is why Educate Our State is encouraging parents and concerned Californians to urge the State Board of Education to make parents true stakeholders in education in the final LCFF regulations and guidelines.  LCFF input is still being taken.  See our LCFF ACTION page to provide input to ensure that the true stakeholders in education—the 6.2 million students—are represented in the decision-making processes.

Want to know what we did in the 2012-13 school year? Read our 2012-13 Year in Review here.

Want to know what we stand for? We believe that there are a few fundamental building blocks that are required for an effective education system. Click here for an overview of our mission statement and platform or here for our detailed platform paper.

Want to know our stand on Weighted Student Formula?  Please click here to read our letter to the Governor.

Have some questions about Educate Our State? Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Take our Education Pursuit Quiz to test your knowledge of California’s education system. We promise that some of the answers will surprise you!

Want to understand more about how California’s education system compares to the rest of the nation, how your district compares to others, how education if financed in our state, what needs to be fixed and why, plus more? We’ve handpicked some of the great resources that we’ve used to learn more about education in California, just for you. View our Background Primer.

Wondering How Did it Get this Way? Seth Rosenblatt discusses California’s education finances for Educate Our State.

Interested in being kept informed? Check out these sources for daily/weekly updates on California education News compiled by Educate Our State.

Thoughts on Public Education (TOP-ED) - Analysis, Opinion, and Discussion on California Education Policy Blog.

EdSource Today - Engaging Californians on Key Education Challenges Blog.

California Budget Bites - serving fresh policy news and views/one post at a time Blog from California Budget Project.

Legislative Analyst’s Office - California’s Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor This link is to the Education: K-12 reports and publications for those who want to “get in the weeds”.

Rough & Tumble - A snapshot of California Public Policy and Politics.

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