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Gov. Brown: CA Deficit Gone, More Money for Poor Schools

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget Thursday morning.

Underprivileged schools would get more per-student funding than other schools across the state under a proposed budget unveiled Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Our future depends not on across-the-board funding, but disproportionately funding those schools that have disproportionate challenges,” Brown said at a press conference.

He also said most categorical funding for schools should be eliminated and the money delivered more directly.

“As you go up the line you lose control and build bureaucracy,” the governor said. “We want to put the money into local schools, but create greater control.”

Brown also said the state's deficit is gone for the first time in years, adding it could reduce its debt substantially by 2016.

“The deficit's gone; the wall of debt remains,” Brown said, noting the state's $36 billion debt could be reduced to $4.3 billion by 2016. 

The budget proposed by Brown also increases per-student funding for all levels of education; by the 2016-17 school year, K-12 schools would see a $2,681 increase in spending for each student. At the CSU and UC levels, spending would increase by about $2,000 and $2,500 by 2016-17, respectively.

Chris Kiely January 15, 2013 at 06:15 AM
Heidi- no incident that I know of, but I'm not in the loop on lots of things there. I know that one kid is a separate, discrete incident, no info on how the other six break down.
Chris Kiely January 15, 2013 at 06:26 AM
John- their excuse will be that they aren't really voting to extend. Instead (they'll say) they accidentally let his contract renew itself for four years. I think they've gotten bad legal advice on the issue. If it's true, however. the "accidental" extension happened in December of 2011, which means that when they were telling us last summer that his contract ended June 2013, they were (at best) totally mistaken, misinformed, ignorant, about the status of the Supe's contract. The Supe runs the district day to day. Monitoring his work is one of the Board's most important jobs. In that context, being blissfully ignorant of the status of the Supe's contract seems remarkable.
Chris Kiely January 15, 2013 at 06:32 AM
John-BTW, "school consolidation" is also on the agenda for Wednesday. Sounds like school closure to me.
Heidi Beck January 15, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Thanks, Chris. And by the way, the agenda says something to the effect that consolidation=closing. As if we don't know that already...
Chris Kiely January 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Heidi- apparently, the 7 kids were in three separate incidents. Not sure the breakdown.

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