Jerry Brown’s school finance plan gets first legislative review

Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to overhaul state school financing will get its first legislative hearing in Sacramento on Thursday.
(Ben Margot / Associated Press)
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SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers will take their first official look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to overhaul the state’s public school financing system at a Sacramento hearing on Thursday.

The Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to hear from Brown administration officials, the Legislature’s own budget analysts and state schools superintendent Tom Torlakson as they discuss Brown’s plan to give school districts more control over their budgets while directing more state dollars to districts that serve higher numbers of poor and non-native English-speaking students.

Brown outlined his proposal as part of his state budget plan in January. Earlier this month, his finance department released figures illustrating how the new funding formula would work.


Los Angeles Unified would see its current funding of about $7,500 per student jump to $11,993 by the 2014-15 school year if Brown’s plan is adopted.


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