Invest in Students – Reduce Prison Costs

California just about spends more money on a high-school dropout in his first year in prison than during his entire K-12 education ($80,000 per prison inmate, per year versus $11,400 per student, per year, 2018-19 budget).

California ranks #1 in the U.S. in per-inmate prison spending and ranks near bottom on per-student spending (cost-of-living adjusted).

California spends $2,000 less per-student per-year than the national average.

California schools were once the model for the nation – fully funded and top ranked. Then Proposition 13 passed in 1978, slashing our education funds. We immediately dropped to 40th in per-student spending, and spiraled downward ever since. Since California’s failure to invest in K-12 schools, California built 20 new prisons, one-half full of the resulting high school dropouts.

Even if California doubled our spending per-student, we’d still spend only 1/4 per year on that student compared to what we will spend per year when that student enters our prison system as a prison inmate.

You can help to fix this

AB 2808, a bill to increase the California investment in our K-12 students, is NOW UP FOR VOTE in the California legislature. Download the FREE Click My Cause Two-Tap app to receive mobile alerts from any PTA on the app to support this bill. You will support the bill with just two taps on your phone.

More information on California school funding:

  • EdSource:
  • ED100: