SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It's a trend that would seem to defy conventional wisdom: As public school spending has declined in California in recent years, student achievement test scores have gone up.
Statewide, school districts spent 6 percent less from 2008 to 2010, but the percentage of second- to seventh-grade students scoring proficient on the state's standardized English test rose from 48 percent to 55 percent.
So, are educators finding ways to do more with less? Has student learning been largely unaffected by the spending cuts? The reviews are mixed.