Re "By the numbers" (The Buzz, May 22): The U.S. Census Bureau confirms what we already know: California's per student spending on public education lags far behind the national average at 36th. Merely to achieve the average, the state would have to spend another $8.8 billion per year on K-12 education. To catch up with the top education funding state, New York, California would have to double its education budget.
Californians have said again and again in opinion polls and elections that funding quality public education is a top priority. Last year, the people of California voted overwhelmingly for Prop 30 to end cuts to education. But as Gov. Jerry Brown noted throughout the campaign, Prop 30 by itself only stops the bleeding, just beginning to restore years of cuts.
The solution is simple: the Legislature should fix the rules for corporations like Apple, Google and Big Oil that avoid their responsibilities to pay their fair share of taxes.
-- Jeff Freitas, Secretary Treasurer, California Federation of Teachers, Sacramento