Going it Alone: Can California’s K-12 School Districts Adequately + Equitably Fund School Facilities?

A report by the Center for Cities + Schools at the University of California Berkeley provides an analysis of school facility spending by California school district. The report states that there is an ongoing, structural pattern of inadequate and inequitable spending in many school districts. This trend signals costly long-term consequences as accumulated facility needs risk becoming health and safety crises; poor facility conditions, for example, can create asthma triggers and contribute to poor indoor air quality. Here are the key findings:

  • The majority of school districts underspent on facilities
  • Wealthy districts spend more on facilities, especially on the capital side
  • Districts serving low-income students disproportionately draw more from their operating budgets to fund facilities.

Download the report here.