The state of California has some of the most expensive public schools in the world, and many are struggling to cope with soaring enrolments.

But with an unprecedented budget squeeze, it is the poorest state in the nation to tackle the problem.

Here is what you need to know about education in California.RTE’s programme on education is delivered on the ABC News Radio National Show at 8:30pm on Monday nights.

The latest edition of RTE’s School Education Matters podcast is available on the Podcasts app.