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SB 687: School Accountability Report Cards (2005)


Under existing law, California public schools provide information about themselves, allowing the public to evaluate and compare schools for student achievement, resources and demographics in the form of an annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC).  The SARC details school districts’ beginning, mid-range and highest teacher salaries; the school-site principals’ and district superintendents’ salaries; and the percent spent on administrative and teachers’ salaries with comparisons to statewide averages. 

SB 687 (2005) amends the template for the SARC to provide information about expenditures per school site, including average teacher salaries. 

Final Status and Text

SB 687 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Signed into Law

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

Background Information

Need for the Bill:

By examining estimated expenditures per pupil, taking into consideration salaries of personnel assigned to an individual school, SB 687 will help ensure that school officials, parents, and local communities have sufficient information about education resource allocation.  Transparency as to the use of billions of dollars in public education funds promotes good government and encourages educational opportunities for California students. 

A recent report released by the Education Trust-West found that money spent on teacher salaries in California varies from school to school within districts.  It is important to make information available so as to guarantee equity and equality in per pupil spending.

News & Press Releases about SB 687

09/28/2005 - Governor Signs Simitian Bill to Highlight School Spending Disparities

04/14/2005 - MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference on SB 687 - School Accountability Report Cards