Don Perata on education
- Here's the message Marsha was trying to forward.
As a former classroom teacher, I recognize that our public schools are
under-funded. As leader of the State Senate, I know that we must move
beyond the "business as usual" budget debates that allow only for no-win
choices between absolute necessities. We can not afford to pit funding
education against providing health care for people with low-incomes any
longer. We must raise taxes to pay for schools.
I have been working with my colleagues on legislation to restore the
highest quality public education in California. This year, a top goal of
Democratic legislators is to increase per pupil funding in California by
about $670, bringing our state up to the national average. We also aim to
bring additional funding to schools most in need of support.
I am authoring SB 1X, which would replace Average Daily Attendance with
Average Monthly Enrollment as the primary funding formula as well as amend
the formula to better support districts who serve students with greater
needs, such as limited English skills or those with low-incomes.
My colleagues have joined me in this effort by introducing these companion
SB 428 would reform block grant funding.
SB 1053 would grant schools site decision making and allow schools to
develop models to improve student achievement.
SB 687 will help ensure that school officials, parents, and local
communities have sufficient information about education resource allocation.
SB 958 would protect schools that are losing funding due to declining
SB 657 would provide significant new flexibility to local education
agencies in choosing instructional materials that best meet the needs of
SB 517 would postpone school districts from withholding diplomas from
students who fail the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) until the
school district offers students the minimum conditions necessary for
successfully passing the CAHSEE.
SCA 8 would allow local school districts to approve a local parcel tax with
a 55 percent majority rather than the two-thirds majority currently
required, making it easier for school districts to raise funds.
Please tell Governor Schwarzenegger you support our efforts to improve
public education by visiting: www.govmail.ca.gov. As always, I value your