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

Gov. Jerry Brown unveils his proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget.

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.

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joninla January 19, 2013 at 07:40 PM
This is really not related, but with possible gun control legislation possible, has anyone noticed not a single of the NRA Republicans demanding guns and armed security in every single school about WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THE SECURITY/GUNS/TRAINING in a nation public school crisis whrer most states can't even afford enough low paid, hard working school teachers. I am not bringing up the gun issue, but the Right Wings attempt to cut all funding for education, yet have spent millions to advocate hiring armed guards in all schools without reference where in the proposed Republican Budget the money will be coming from. If the Republican Plam goes through, we will have schools packed with children, protected by guards BUT NO TEACHERS LEFT TO TEACH THE KIDS. THE MONEY HAS TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE AND TEACHERS ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST TO GET CUT. JUST SAYING .......

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