More than 300 people, including Governor Jerry Brown, weighed in on the matter. Public testimony lasted for over six hours. At issue is whether school districts should be given more leeway to spend money targeted toward disadvantaged kids.
In the end, the State School Board unanimously took the side of administrators and the Governor, and implemented emergency rules for next year that will give districts more control over the money.
But Board President Michael Krist stressed the rules for following years may be adjusted.
“We’re committed to making, as a board, an necessary changes and continuing the public engagement process that got us here with the balance that we reached today. But, rather than making changes on the fly on particular parts of the regulations, I support approving the emergency regulations as presented,” Krist said.
The funding formula gives schools districts additional money for low income and non-English speaking students and foster children.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg wants to exempt vehicle fuels from California’s cap-and-trade system, which they’re currently set to enter next year. Instead, he wants a carbon tax at the gas pump.
Affordable housing projects in California lost their most reliable funding source when the state dissolved redevelopment agencies a couple of years ago. Now, there’s growing support to find money for affordable housing once again.
Governor Jerry Brown says California’s different regions make it hard to develop water policies that would satisfy the entire state. Meanwhile, a lawmaker wants to quintuple state funding to the California Arts Council.
Governor Jerry Brown has landed a big win in court. The three judge panel overseeing state prisons has given the Brown Administration an additional two years to downsize the inmate population by another 5,000 inmates.
California is “in the money” once again with January revenues surpassing Governor Jerry Brown’s budget estimates.