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California Issue

In actuality, the development of the contemporary education in California raises a number of problems, among which the efficient development of the public education is one of the major problems in the contemporary education system of the state. At this point, it is worth mentioning the fact that the k-12 education is the priority in the development of the public education in California but this education faces the problem of the poor funding from the part of the state and the growing control of the state over the education. In actuality, the problem of k-12 education is not the mere problem of funding but it is also the problem of the growing state control over the education system that raises a threat of setting certain ideology and the growing impact of the political authorities on the education and the content of learning.

On analyzing the current problem California is currently facing, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that the major problem is the development of the effective education system, which provides the population of the state with the efficient and good education and which is accessible to all students. In such a context, the development of k-12 education seems to be an effective solution, because it involves the state funding and support of public schools making education available to virtually all students. However, today, the state faces the problem of the poor funding of its public education because the economic recession has undermined the economic development of California and raised the problem of drop in revenues of the state budget. In such a situation, the funding of k-12 education becomes a serious challenge for the state budget. In addition, California increases the government control over education, whereas k-12 education increases the control of government over education even more. The government becomes the major player in the education market. Therefore, the government can influence the development of education and, what is more, funding education, the government can define the content of learning and the development of public schools in California.

At this point, it is worth mentioning the fact that there is a number of political actors involved in K-12 Education issue in California, which are diverse, including executives, legislature, judiciary, local governments, political activists, the California public. However, the government and legislators, i.e. the executive and legislative branches of power, play the key part in the development of k-12 education in California. The state has to implement changes to increase the public control over k-12 education because it is the public funds the government uses to fund k-12 education and public education at large.

In such a context, it is important to dwell upon possible difficulties in creating and implementing changes. In this respect, one of the major challenges is funding k-12 education by the state government because, today, California lacks revenues to fund k-12 education. At the same time, k-12 education needs the extension of the public control over the public education. The government, including both legislators and executive powers, may resist to such change because it is convenient for the government to control the use of funds with minimal public control.

Thus, the development of k-12 education needs improvement. In this regard, the government should share responsibility and funding with the public and involve public, non-profit organization in funding and development of k-12 education.

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