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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 by Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday.

"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.

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MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 11, 2013 at 09:31 PM
So only 3B out of 6B collected in 30 funds it going to schools. Interesting
Tina Morse January 12, 2013 at 12:04 AM
I hope this means we can get back to smaller class sizes and no furlough days. But somehow I am sure we will find some reason to not reduce class size again.
Tatter Salad January 27, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Brown's recent State of the State address was a mixture of standard 'smoke and mirrors' stuff, mixed in with some really dumb ideas. The 'smoke and mirrors' included: 'education is a top priorty.' just as it has been with EVERY California Governor going back to Reagan. His stated goal was 'decentralization' of education as if that term means something; It doesn't. It's the Teacher's Union (the largest organized Union in the U.S.) that black-mailed us into giving them MORE money this past election, and it is that 'arm' of education that needs 'decentralization', -not the actual schools. The past very real attempts at 'decentralization', called 'funded Charter Schools,' (which could use non-union teachers), was beaten down, and it was the Teacher's Union (and their handling of our tax dollars) that sunk it. Then, their retirement plan turned out to be WAY underfunded. Now, 60% of what we pay into schools actually goes to correct the 'retirement fund' fiasco; NOT to teachers that teach. But don't get caught up in this 'smoke and mirrors' direction; if any of us, or the past 5 Governors could have done anything with the Teacher's Union, it would have happened already. Please check out my Patch Blog regarding Brown, entitled: ' Governor Moonbeam, misses it again'
Louisa Hufstader January 27, 2013 at 06:56 AM
Comments from real people are always valued here, but it's pretty hard to take anything seriously when it's posted under such a ridiculous screen name.

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