California Legislators Express Concerns About Governor’s Education Funding Bill.
The Fresno (CA) Bee (5/19, Siders, Reese) reports that Democrats in the California legislature have reacted critically to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) education finance proposal, noting that state Sen. Ted Lieu (D) “lit up on Twitter with a burst of criticism of a major part of the plan, a bid to shift more state aid to poor and English-learning students.” Meanwhile, “Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, convened a hearing on the matter in the Assembly Education Committee the next day, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento,” expressed concerns. The piece notes that while most California students will benefit from the changes, “all but a handful of lawmakers who will vote on the measure represent at least one school district identified by the Department of Education as a potential loser.”
Theresa Harrington writes at the Contra Costa (CA) Times (5/17, Harrington) “On Assignment” blog that though Brown’s proposal contains “some extra money for schools...some are still questioning whether his education funding proposal goes far enough to provide adequate funding for all districts.”