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November 6, 2006
Current Problems and Possible Solutions Concerning California Public Schools
The California public school system currently suffers from four main problems. These areas of dysfunction are most generally defined as follows: A chronic and widespread lack of textbook materials for the student population; large-scale overcrowding, concentrated especially in the schools of the state's marginalized communities; a growing practice of admitting underqualified teachers into California classrooms to deal with existing instructor shortages; and finally, a festering trend of ill-equipped and over-extended teaching facilities. These are serious problems that will only cause the California public school system to deteriorate further if attempts are not quickly made to deal with each specific area of dysfunction. To begin, as referenced in Just Schools California's web page article, "The Crisis", many California public schools do not have enough textbooks to provide students with the ability to take their textbooks home with them. The simple threat this shortage poses is that oftentimes, no textbooks for students equals no homework for them in these subjects, debilitating students' ability to fully comprehend, practice, and display the new concepts they have learned. As Just Schools explains, without textbooks, students miss out on important information and the opportunity to learn more through homework exercises and studying outside of school. They are also less likely to do well on high-school exit exams and are illprepared for college
Moreover, as California Performance Review notes in their web page article "ETV14 Decrease the Cost of K - 12 Textbooks", the books the school system does have are often outdated and are heavily worn for wear (which results for example in missing pages, making the process of understanding the material much more difficult). To be sure, as California...