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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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Annie R. January 13, 2013 at 05:52 AM
And Charles Ramsey wants to stick us with another parcel tax measure.
Robert Livesay January 13, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Our schools are not as successful as they used to be because of the demographics. Robbing from the rich to give to the poor never works.There are plenty oif schools in California that are very good. Do not take money away from successful schools to give to not so successful schools. Make success a model. Achievement can happen. It starts at home first then moves into the schools. There ar many low income districts that have achieved a very good rate of success. Not easy. I believe in our school system and believe it can work better. But money is not always the answer. Right here in Benicia we have done very well.
Garry Rowe January 13, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Joe, that's not going to happen since Brown is bought and paid for by the public service unions. The improvement in the budget is mostly smoke & mirrors. The responsibility was simply shifted to cities and counties without adequate funding. What good is a financially stable state if all our municipalities are broke?
Jason January 13, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Our schools were some of the best in the state before they started letting in the Vallejo residents en masse.
Babaloo January 14, 2013 at 06:08 AM
i don't think there are many of the kids from other towns left in our schools. i thought last year they had most or almost all of them go back to their schools ? i heard of several kids they were not going to allow to finish the year or go to prom last year, they threatened to kick out kids with a few weeks left in school. So i don't know about this one, cant blame all the vallejo kids, kids in Benicia are lazy too and are "entitled" like the other kids so...? can't put blame elsewhere,,,it's here in our town. take responsibility and make sure your house is in order before you cast blame....

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