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Palm Springs Unified School District, California

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Palm Springs Unified School District is a school district in California.

About the district

Palm Springs Unified School District is located in Riverside County, California.

Palm Springs Unified School District is located in Riverside County, California. The county seat of Riverside County is Riverside. Riverside County is home to 2,292,507 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Riverside County underperformed compared to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.5 percent of Riverside County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for Riverside County was $57,096 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Riverside County was 15.6 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Riverside County (%) California (%)
White 80.8 73.7
Black or African American 7.0 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.9 1.7
Asian 6.6 13.9
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or more race 3.3 3.6
Hispanic or Latino 46.5 38.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Riverside County[2]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 329,063 318,127
2008 325,017 310,041
2004 228,806 322,473
2000 202,614 232,029

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The table below displays the budget for Palm Springs Unified School District:[4]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2009-2010 $158,191,717 84.6% $7,897,633 4.2% $20,430,959 10.9% $0 0% $428,688 0.2% $186,948,997
2010-2011 $151,695,623 83.9% $7,767,303 4.3% $20,598,716 11.4% $0 0% $777,085 0.4% $180,838,726
2011-2012 $150,758,303 85% $6,196,868 3.5% $20,905,044 11.8% $0 0% $(502,326) 0.3% $177,357,889
2012-2013 $151,111,606 84.4% $6,687,230 3.7% $21,299,375 11.9% $0 0% $(32,755) 0% $179,065,456
Averages: $152,939,312.25 84% $7,137,258.5 4% $20,808,523.5 11% $0 0% $435,213.5 0% $181,052,767


District named in student exercise lawsuit

Palm Springs Unified School District, along with 36 other school districts across the state, was named in a lawsuit alleging the district's students were not getting enough exercise. The state mandates schools give students in kindergarten through sixth grade 200 minutes of exercise every 10 days of class, in addition to lunch and recess. The lawsuit was filed by Marc Babin and the nonprofit organization Cal200, which he leads. Palm Springs Director of Elementary Education Tony Knapp said this was the first time the district has ever received a complaint about the number of minutes students exercise and that though teachers do meet the guidelines, they are stretched thin. In order to prepare for the lawsuit, teachers were asked to keep their lesson plans detailing the time and activities students spent on exercise from the 2013-2014 school year.[5] An attorney for districts named in the case said Babin did not have a relationship with Palm Springs Unified School District before filing the lawsuit.[6]

Babin, a parent and resident of Alameda, settled with the 37 school districts named in the lawsuit. The settlement requires California elementary schools to prove they are providing children with at least the state-mandated minimum number of minutes of physical education. To do this, school districts will publicly document physical education minutes.[7]

Final approval of the settlement must be granted by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Mary Wiss, a decision which is expected to be given by the end of March 2015.[7]