This article is from the Sacramento FAQ, by David F. Prenatt, Jr. with numerous contributions by others.
California has compulsory education for minors. However, public
education for children in California is nothing less than a disgrace.
The public school system is the default option for complying with
California's compulsory education laws. And while some public schools
are better than others, the public school system in California taken
as a whole is little more than mediocre child care service.
Sacramento's Public School System is consistently ranked among the
Those hit hardest by the deficiencies of the public school system
are those who cannot afford private schools. Tuition voucher systems
have been proposed as a free-market solution in recent years, but
voucher systems have encountered very well-organized opposition from
educational leaders. While many of the proposals for voucher systems
are fatally flawed, the criticisms of these proposals are just as
often based on irrelevant or incorrect information.