Senate Democrats will offer their own school funding plan

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 - 7:57 am

Senate Democrats suggested reservations Tuesday about major elements of Gov. Jerry Brown's bid to overhaul California's school funding system, saying they will announce an alternative plan this week.

Brown is seeking in his annual budget proposal to give K-12 school districts greater control over how they spend money they receive, while also directing more money to districts that serve poorer students and English learners.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's office said in a prepared statement that Senate Democrats agree with the "fundamental goals and concepts" included in Brown's proposal, but differences between Brown's plan and the one lawmakers are expected to propose are significant.

Steinberg's office said Senate Democrats on Thursday will propose a bill that would eliminate a proposal by Brown, a Democrat, to award districts additional money if more than half of their students are low-income or meet other criteria. The lawmakers' proposal would instead distribute that money partly on a per-pupil basis for all students and partly on a per-pupil basis for certain disadvantaged students.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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