How Will Gov. Jerry Brown’s Plan To Overhaul Education Funding Impact San Diego?
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Aired 5/7/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Marty Block, California state senator (D-San Diego), chair of Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education
Lora Duzyk, assistant superintendent of business services for the San Diego County Office of Education
The debate is taking shape over Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to dramatically change the way education funding is distributed in California. The governor's plan, called the Local Control Funding formula, boosts funding to all school districts and takes away many of the state mandates on how the money is to be used. A key element of the plan, known as a concentration grant, gives additional funds to districts in which 50 percent of the students population qualify as disadvantaged.
The governor's plan has been called revolutionary, and not all legislators in Sacramento are ready to sign on. In fact, the state Senate, has introduced its own education funding bill, SB 69, which recommends changes to Gov. Brown's plan.