California needs to re-invest in our education system to ensure access to a middle-class economy and to promote civic engagement. It is unacceptable for California’s per-pupil spending to be at the bottom of the nation, when California should be a leader. Schools should be able recruit and retain teachers with professional-level salaries, and provide high quality education through reduced class sizes. California should implement universal pre-school or early childhood education, to draw on the growing body of research demonstrating the benefits for ensuring that children enter kindergarten ready to learn and engage. The UC, CSU, and Community College systems have endured severe budget cuts, threatening the quality of education for students. Funding for all three systems should expand access to affordable education, and restore the resources needed to recruit and retain qualified faculty.