PEF Understands That A Great Public Education Isn’t Free

Public school finance in the state of California has changed dramatically over the last 40 years.  Since the 1970’s, with the advent of Prop 13’s capping of local property taxes and the subsequent redistribution of local monies through the state, all public schools have seen dramatically reduced allocations to education. Once a national leader in K-12 funding, California now ranks among the lowest in the country – somewhere between 46th and 49th.

In Piedmont, however, unprecedented community support of the approved parcel tax measures, and impressive parent and community participation in school fundraisers, make it possible for the District to preserve essential academic programs and student support services. Even during the recent recession, the Piedmont community and schools worked collaboratively to marshal local resources in order to maintain high standards of educational excellence.