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Brown Plans Education Funding Shift in Calif.

Thursday, 03 Jan 2013 12:20 PM

By Alec Weisman

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is planning to pursue policies that would shift state funding of schools to help poorer districts and non-English speaking students, according to the Los Angeles Times.
 
Although specific details have yet to be disclosed, Brown's advisors have said the proposal will include some of the most extensive changes to the school funding system in decades.
 
According to Brown, the funding overhaul would be “a way to balance some of life's chances."
 
"The reality is, in some places students don't enjoy the same opportunities that people have in other places," he told the Times.
 
The plan is expected to generate opposition from a variety of special interests, including school administrators, district officials, labor unions, as well as parents worried about the potential changes.
 
However, Brown claims the reforms are intended to give more local control to school districts.
 
"I want to align more closely the money schools receive with the problems that teachers encounter," he said.
 
"What the state has done for 40 years is develop one new program after another to compensate for underperforming" schools, he added. "What we have now is command and control issuing from headquarters in Sacramento."
 

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