Wednesday, July 3, 2013

California governor announces "historic" education funding bills for K-12 and "Middle Class Scholarships"

Calif. Gov. Signs Local Control Funding Formula
photo: courtesy of CA.Gov
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed three K-12 school bills last week that education advocates are calling a "massive and historic shift" in school funding. One bill (AB97) provides extra money for school districts in which 55 percent of the students are lower-income or English-learners, or that have higher percentages of foster children. Gov. Brown, who faced legislative opposition for the $2.1 billion increase in education funding, said that the bills address a civil rights issue-to send money where it is most needed. California also will give $1.2 billion in one-time grants for districts to implement common core standards in English and math.

In the week when some student loan interest rates doubled, Gov. Brown also signed bill AB94, which is being called the "Middle Class Scholarship." In 2014, California will reduce student tuition up to "40 percent for families making less than $100,000 and up to 10 percent for families earning $150,000." Officials says that the scholarship would lower college fees from $12,192 to $7,315 at the University of California. Read more here.


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