Providing more fuel for the debate over proposals for higher taxes for education, California ranks 34th among states in per-student spending, according to a report by the New Jersey-based Education Law Center. Using regional cost adjustments, the center reported that California spent $11,376 per student in 2017, the most recent data available, which put it $2,310 below the national average. The report, which explains the methodology in clear language, also grades states by funding fairness (“A” for California) and effort — how much of its resources goes to K-12 (“F” for California).