Teachers unions say California must not roll back annual increases in public school spending. And they're not too careful about facts when they make that case. Teachers frequently claim, for example, that California is in either 49th or 50th place among the 50 states in per-pupil spending. In fact, the Golden State is 31st in per-pupil spending. Teachers also say the Golden State could solve its chronic budget shortfalls by raising tax rates on the rich.