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Gov. Brown to Shift Money to Poorer Schools

His proposed state budget for 2013-14 features a revolutionary change in the way education is financed.

With a slowly recovering economy and the recent passage of temporary taxes, Gov. Brown now wants to move the additional educational dollars floating around to school districts serving poorer students and English learners.

In coming years, suburban school districts may end up paying the price to help the underserved, but Brown said only the shortsighted would not agree with his self-described progressive plan to bring equality.

“It’s a classic case of justice to unequals [sic]. We have to give more to approach equality. That’s the principle. I think that’s a powerful principle,” Brown said Thursday in introducing his proposed 2013-14 budget.

Brown proposed a similar plan last year: a so-called “weighted student formula” that gets rid of a lot of special programs and allots money at a flat rate per student, giving an extra 35 percent for low-income students and English learners. The idea, however, was ultimately trimmed from the budget.

This year, he’s calling it “local flexibility,” and it’s designed to be implemented in phases. The plan would give more money to school districts that have at least 50 percent of their population as poor or English learners. 

However, suburban schools – which have been hurting financially along with the rest of the state – may ultimately get pinched. Brown said he was OK with that.

“Our future depends on it. If we don’t invest adequate funds in our children and their education, we will not have the economic well-being in future years,” he said. Aging suburbanites need a strong, younger work force to support them.

“One of the most important ways we do that is to invest in schools and disproportionately invest in those schools where there is greater difficulty in learning,” he said.  “I think the majority of the people are going to see that. “

He pointed out that schools in Beverly Hills and Los Gatos are far better off than those in Compton or Richmond. 

Brown also said the state's deficit is gone for the first time in years, adding it could reduce California's 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. 

— Cody Kitaura contributed to this report.

met00 January 11, 2013 at 08:51 AM
"Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" Cite?
met00 January 11, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Wow, justus says that it's a theory and invalid. So, he believes that the kid who is in third grade an is 365 day further along the developmental line than another kid will both learn and retain information at the same rate. You seem to know more than Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Outliers. We are ever so fortunate to have you here to share your wit and wisdom. May I suggest you seek employment with the Post and then the Times, and then write riveting non-fiction that pulls research together so others can say you are full of crap.
met00 January 11, 2013 at 09:23 AM
There are 30 students in a third grade class. They range from 7.5 years to 8.5 years. The ones who are "younger" have had two years of "education: where they have been provided the exact same material, in the exact same way, as the ones that are older. In third grade they start to build on the materials presented in grades 1 and 2 (odd grades are "learning years", even grades are "review years" in the current educational model up to grade six). At this point the class has stratified in terms of which students have a better base to build on. In most cases this stratification (there are some anomalies, but in most cases) has led to students above the "average" age being better prepared with the base information to act as building blocks for the next "learning" cycle. Yes, there are other factors that affect this, but as long as our system is focused on the teaching process rather than the learning process, and we continue to embrace the assembly line model rather than moving to a JIT model of learning delivery the system will continue to manifest itself in producing a less than quality education for the students. If you want to do what is best for your students education. Keep them at home an additional year before you start them in Kindergarten.
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 04:05 PM
2-eyes, 2-ears, open mind and common sense. That is my 'cite'.
met00 January 11, 2013 at 04:43 PM
"2-eyes, 2-ears, open mind and common sense. That is my 'cite'." In other words, you have nothing. It's like the yahoos at the Chicago School of Economics who claim that cutting taxes for the wealthy will trickle down, and even though we have over 40 year of evidence that it's not so, they claim that if you just do a little more or a little longer, it will happen soon. One side has evidence, the other a hope and a dream that what they claim is accurate. You have nothing. Your full of hot air. It's all BS and you just like to read what you post. You can and should be ignored. Bye-bye!
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 05:12 PM
What exactly does 'cutting taxes on the rich' have to do with academic performance in K-12? Man, you are really veering off the subject matter this morning. Have a cup of strong coffee. So let's say one home has parents who don't value education much. When little sammy comes home at 3:30pm he is allowed to play video games and his parents do not inquire about his homework or what he learned in school. They do not push him academically. He does as he pleases. His parents don't care much about his grades and ignore warnings from the teachers. On the other hand, what about a household with parents who place a great deal of value on education. They make little Tommy open his books soon after he gets home at 3:30pm and complete his homework. And the parents check it. If he has not completed it by dinner time then he must return to it after dinner and finish up BEFORE he watches TV or plays video games. His parents pay close attention to his grades and meet with the teacher on a regular basis to monitor his performance. Who will be more successful in school? This isn't rocket science, met00. In fact, it's easy as cutting butter with a red hot knife. You just have a closed mind and you refuse to admit that FAMILY VALUES and CULTURE plays a HUGE role in the academic success of children. Enjoy your Friday.
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 05:21 PM
met00. You don't have a bunch of skewed ages at both extremes in school. So your example is ridiclous. The ages move towards the mean. You may have one or three children at the extreme. And if the parent or school is worried about a student's performance who is at the lower end of the skew they could put him or her in a lower grade so that he or she would have an age advantage on the others. The others may be more intelligent than that child, but putting the OLDER child in a lower grade would solve the age problem that you describe. You just don't want to admit that PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT in their children's academic affairs is one of the PRIMARY factors of whether that child will be a success or a failure in school. In other words, you dismiss FAMILY VALUES and CULTURE as a determinate for academic success of children. Apparently you don't realize how silly that sounds. heh. It's so sad when ideology and agendas create opinions instead of TRUTH and FACTS creating opinions. That is one reason our society is in so much trouble.
tiny January 11, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Met00, they can shift the money around or do whatever, and it's only going to get worse. Why? Because there's very little behind the dollar - it's just about Monopoly money. And the more they "print", (85B/month in new funney money), the faster it goes bye-bye, despite what Bernanke/Geithner/Krugman think.
met00 January 11, 2013 at 05:46 PM
["Just like shootin' womp rats, eh kid?"] "What exactly does 'cutting taxes on the rich' have to do with academic performance in K-12?" The people who makes those claims "facts", like your "facts", have been proven to be BS, but they keep on pushing it anyway. "So let's say one home has parents who don't value education much." Okay, so we have one boy raised in the projects by a single welfare mom and a older sister who is unmarried and preggers with no father. Now according to you this kid, because "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" is almost destined to fail. Must suck for you when they succeed. Heck I grew up with some of those successes coming out of the projects in CT. "You just have a closed mind and you refuse to admit that FAMILY VALUES and CULTURE plays a HUGE role in the academic success of children." You make a claim. I ask for a cite. You have none and whine like a infant. I made a claim. You called it a unsupported theory. I provided a supporting reference to a non-fiction book that spent 11 weeks at #1 in the NY Times. [" I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home"]
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 05:57 PM
met00, The other readers know that I have exposed your agenda by your refusal to admit that PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT and FAMILY VALUES and CULTURE play a huge role in whether a child is an academic success or failure. I do not need to repeat myself. So I won't. I will let all the other readers come to their own conclusions. heh. Someday I hope that you supercede your agenda driven opinions and face the realities of life. Good luck.
met00 January 11, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Poor justus, can't find a cite for his fantasy on "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE", but when he claimed I was wrong (above) and I provided a non-fiction reference (that spent 11 weeks on the top of the NYT bestsellers list) all he can do is whine. South OC Mom. You can believe a guy who can provide no supporting evidence for his twisted "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" theory, or you can go out and get a copy of Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers and read the research yourself.
met00 January 11, 2013 at 08:22 PM
So, the short and simple of your reality testing. Justus provides an opinion and no cite. Met00 provides an opinion and a cite. Justus repeats the opinion in all caps! Justus wins! And you wonder why people laugh at you?
met00 January 11, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Tiny, it's not that I don't want to reply to you, it's that it's far too much fun to keep on showing the posters that justus is clueless. So, in a delayed response, it's not about the money (whether printed on toilet paper or not). The core problems with education today has more to do with focus than finance (although I do believe that more money is needed to do it right, but doing it right means throwing out what is failing, not throwing more money at the current system). As long as the current system is in place the focus will be on teaching, not learning. It's on the delivery of a product, on HOW that product is delivered. Education is not about teaching a student, it's about how students learn. Until the focus changes, tossing more money into a system that is failing will not make it a success.
GreenInOC January 11, 2013 at 08:32 PM
@met00, I'm beginning to suspect that @JustUs used to go by @Bo Bo - very similar styles; hysteria, claiming information as fact, when proved wrong would insult everyone else and a liar.
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Intelligent readers see right through your smoke screen, met00. I sure do. I have never read Gladwell's book. But if he did not mention that FAMILY VALUES, CULTURE AND PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT have a positive or negative impact on a child's academic performance then IMO he is irresponsible. If he didn't address these critical matter I bet he is a liberal with an agenda. Because any thinking adult with a logical and open mind understands very clearly that (1) FAMILY VALUES (2) CULTURE and (3) PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT are HUGE factors in the success or failure of their children in an academic environment. It's so sad that you are in such deep denial. met00. I cannot help you. Only you can help yourself. Good luck.
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 08:43 PM
GreenInOC, I see you are in the personal attack mode again, eh? No surprise. Never heard of "Bo-Bo" so I have no idea of what you speak. Your suspicious mind amuses me. None of us really cares what you 'suspect'. hah. I heard there is discount on zoo tickets in Santa Ana this weekend. Check into it. I think it would do you well to get a little 'R&R'. Good luck.
GreenInOC January 11, 2013 at 08:45 PM
@JustUs, sorry no time to visit you in the zoo this weekend, hope your show goes well!
met00 January 11, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Green, I miss bobo. He was fun to beat up as well.
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 09:01 PM
"I miss bobo. He was fun to beat up as well." Oh, so you are now an admitted blog bully, met00? You 'beat up' on other commenters. I will make note of this for future reference. Thank you for your admission.
met00 January 11, 2013 at 09:05 PM
" I have never read Gladwell's book." Clearly. Reading, like facts, is not a priority for you, We can tell from your posts. We understand. "But if he did not mention that FAMILY VALUES, CULTURE AND PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT have a positive or negative impact on a child's academic performance then IMO he is irresponsible." This was your original statement, "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" That is NOT taken out of context. That statement was questioned for accuracy. You failed to provide a cite. Therefore it is not a fact, but YOUR opinion at best. Now you have backed off the statement "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" and are claiming that these factors MAY have some affect. I never said that these did not have "some" affect. I don't think that anyone has said that these facts don't have "some" affect. When you present a citation where your statement "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" can be validated, then we can talk. I have stated that "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" is 100% false. That makes you a liar. Reality *may* have a liberal bias, but that doesn't give you the right to make up facts.
met00 January 11, 2013 at 09:15 PM
You think you can lie with abandon and not get called out for it. "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" is a LIE. You wrote it. YOU LIED. If pointing out that you are a liar and pointing out your facts are just opinions makes me a bully, I will gladly admit to being a bully in beating a known liar's lies so that everyone knows they are lies. Did you track down the reference to ["Just like shootin' womp rats, eh kid?"] yet? Have you found a cite to support your claim "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" yet? Holding standards of demanding factual information in a discussion my be bullying in your book, but if everyone is just allowed to make up their own facts, then there isn't much of a discussion is there? You like to make up your own facts. You just don't like it when someone beats you over and over the head with the actual fact that it's nothing more than your opinion and is unsupported by anything other than your blind desire to believe it. Bo-bo did exactly what you do, make stuff up and claim it as fact. I enjoyed beating those posts up just as much as I enjoy beating your bogus facts up. JustUs: "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" Cite?
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Oh my gosh, fellow commenters. Now met00 is calling me a "LIAR" because I simply stated that the following 3 factors play a LARGE role in whether a child is a success or failure in an academic environment: (1) FAMILY VALUES (2) CULTURE (3) PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT met00 thinks it's a fallacy that any of the foregoing 3 factors have influence over whether a child succeeds or fails in school. hah. I will let you be the judge of who the "LIAR" truly is. Everyone have a marvelous weekend!!! :^)
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Oh, btw, readers. There is still a possibility that the earth is flat too! Why? Because some book author said so. See, I've proved it!!! hah!
Rebecca Goddard January 11, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Does anyone actually care what met00 says?
met00 January 11, 2013 at 10:03 PM
"Now met00 is calling me a "LIAR" because I simply stated that the following 3 factors play a LARGE role in whether a child is a success or failure in an academic environment:" No you said: "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" Had you said what you are now claiming you had said then that would have been a different conversation. You told a lie, and while you are trying to walk it back, it doesn't change the fact that you stated "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE" and that statement is a LIE. If you don't want to be branded a liar, then don't tell lies like "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE". You do realize that when you claim that I called you a liar and then LIE about what I said, you only re-enforce that fact that you don't even have a passing acquaintanceship with "truth" don't you? You said: "Success or failure in school is 90% FAMILY VALUES AND CULTURE". I asked for a cite, your failed to be able to provide one. It's a lie. Get over it. You're a known liar.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM
All of you, stop with the insults, or I'll shut down the comments section. You can discuss the merits of something without resorting to calling each other liars and other names.
DagnyTaggart January 11, 2013 at 10:07 PM
'From each according to his ability - To each according to his needs' - scariest words ever!
tiny January 11, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Met00, there was no question mark in my comment.
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM
"Had you said what you are now claiming you had said then that would have been a different conversation." Oh, I see. At first met00 claimed that the 3 factors I listed were not factors. Now all the sudden he says they are and we are only bickering over the percentage value! HAH! What a comedian he is!!! HAH! Ok, met00. Put a PERCENTAGE VALUE ON IT! Tell us what percentage of a child's success or failure in a school environment is due to: (1) FAMILY VALUES (2) PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (3) CULTURE. Let's say all three were extremely negative in a child's life. No family values, no parental involvement and a terrible culture of violence, hate and anti-education. What chance (put a percentage on it) would the child have in succeeding in school? NOW WATCH HIM DODGE THE QUESTIONS, FELLOW READERS. WATCH HIM MAKE EXCUSES FOR BEING UNABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION! HAH! HE WILL TELL YOU THAT AN AUTHOR HASN'T ADDRESSED IT YET!!! HAH!
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM
OK, you guys aren't very obedient. Time out time! ;-) Comments thread is closing (for now; will decide later whether to re-open).

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