I completely agree with your observation that the California public education in the 20th century was at its ‘peaks of excellence’ and that the public elementary, secondary and higher education institutes in the state showed immense commitment and dedication in offering quality education to many. However, I am also shocked to see the decline of the standard of education in the state towards the end of the 20th century. I also feel that the decline in the educational system is evident in terms of the ‘overcrowded classrooms, insufficient books and supplies, inadequate compensation and lay-offs’. It was quite shocking to me when you rightly pointed out that it is not due to any financial problems or recession (because California still owns one sixth of U.S GDP) that the public education sector has suffered so much setbacks. I strongly agree with your argument that even though the state has all the resources and talents to afford quality education, it is because of the political system, anti-tax political culture, wrong configuration of higher education system, and undue budget priorities that it lags behind in the realms of higher education.