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Steep Road to Resource Equity in California Education

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" My 2013 Budget Summary lays out the case for cutting categorical programs and putting maximum authority and discretion back at the local level – with school boards. I am asking you to approve a brand new Local Control Funding Formula which would distribute supplemental funds – over an extended period of time – to school districts based on the real world problems they face. This formula recognizes the fact that a child in a family making $20,000 a year or speaking a language different from English or living in a foster home requires more help. With respect to higher education, cost pressures are relentless and many students cannot get the classes they need. A half million fewer students this year enrolled in the community colleges than in 2008. Graduation in four years is the exception and transition from one segment to the other is difficult. The University of California, the Cal State system and the community colleges are all working on this. The key here is thoughtful change, working with the faculty and the college presidents. But tuition increases are not the answer. I will not let the students become the default financiers of our colleges and universities." – Governor Jerry Brown THE STEEP ROAD TO RESOURCE EQUITY IN CALIFORNIA EDUCATION THE LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA AFTER THREE YEARS Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice. APRIL 2017

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