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Democrats Push Back Against Brown's School Funding Plan

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Slow down… that's the message Democratic lawmakers are sending to the governor. Brown wants his school funding plan included in the June budget. The plan would restore past funding cuts for all schools. Schools with non-English speakers and low-income students would get more money from the state. And additional grants would be targeted to districts with a majority of those students.

Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says his party appreciates the governor's intent. But he says giving extra money directly to districts could hurt poor children in more affluent areas.

"We have real concern about poor kids in 50 percent of the districts that will remain invisible if they don't get the benefit of this kind of concentration grant," Steinberg says.

Senate Democratic leadership is proposing an alternative plan that would eliminate extra money for districts, among other changes.

Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla agrees that the legislature should not rush to meet the June budget deadline.

"I'm always concerned rushing something that is so important and so complex, under a deadline," Bonilla says.

Brown says school Superintendents need to know what the state is doing so they can manage their own budgets.

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