California is also the 13th from the top in overall tax burden. There’s less than a point that separates 5-13. Presumably that means you either think California’s taxes are too low or it’s spending priorities are wrong? (you could I suppose think the federal government should increase the grants to the states but that would still leave California in the 40s)Totally hear you. The teachers at our schools are eager to get kids back in the classroom. We're hybrid now. I don't really know what it's like elsewhere, but our district/admin/teachers/etc would climb mountains to get our kids educated. I think maybe there's a slight disconnect here in what we're debating. I'm not advocating for more power, but rather more money. In the near term this would be focused on making the classrooms safer (PPEs, plexiglass, smaller classrooms, etc), but in the long term it would be great if CA wasn't in the 40s on a per pupil spending ranking. That's pretty embarrassing considering we account for 14% of the GDP and are the 5th largest economic power in the world.