Brown will call for a weighted funding formula that gives more money to schools in poorer areas and removing state spending requirements so districts have more flexibility. But he could face some skepticism among his fellow Democrats. Assembly Budget Chair Bob Blumenfield:
Blumenfield: "The very same folks
who are going to be calling for flexibility are the same folks who,
when something is cut, are going to come back to the state and say
why did you make that flexible?"
Republicans so far have sounded more supportive of the governor's proposal - though they'd like to see a few changes to ensure minimum funding levels for all schools and greater accountability.
As for the budget itself, the state's financial picture is rosier than in previous years. California's December revenues came in $100 million above projections, and the state's deficit is expected to be about $2 billion - down from $25 billion just two years ago.