ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
SB Unified students is an English language learner.
SOCIO-ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS
Includes students from households that are low income, neither parent has a high school diploma, foster youth, or are considered homeless.
SB Unified students is socio-economically disadvantaged.
SB Unified students is homeless or living in a distressed housing situation.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youths as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. For an expanded definition, please visit the California Department of Education website.
PER PUPIL FUNDING IN SANTA BARBARA
Many perceive SB Unified as a high wealth school district, however, it only receives 1% above the state average for funding per student.
Districts such as Goleta Unified receive about $2,300 more per student. If SB Unified received the same level of funding as Goleta per student, it would add $27 million to the District’s annual budget.
HOW DOES CALIFORNIA COMPARE?
California educates about an eighth of America’s students, so does it make the grade when compared to the rest of the nation?
51st nationally in student-to-teacher ratio
51st nationally in student-to-counselor ratio
51st nationally in student-to-librarian ratio
41st in the nation in per-pupil spending when adjusted for cost of living
Since 1970, California has increased spending on prisons and incarceration about three times as much as it has increased spending on education.
SB UNIFIED SCHOOLS
SBEF serves close to 15,000 students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. The district consists of 12 elementary schools within the city of Santa Barbara and 9 junior high and high schools throughout our community.