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Governor to add $1 billion for schools to adopt common core standards

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Governor Jerry Brown's revised budget plan being released Tuesday morning will allocate $1 billion for K-12 schools to fund districts’ adoption of new common core standards — about $170 per student.

The Governor will also propose an extra $240 million for base district funding as part of his  funding overhaul.

Administration officials revealed the details to the Associated Press on the eve of the budget unveiling.  They also explained how the money will get divided among school districts:

  • 80 percent will be carved up among districts, based on the total number of students.
  • 16 percent will be divided based on the districts’ number of students learning English, of low-income, or who are foster children.
  • 4 percent would go to districts where the majority of students are English-learners, low-income or foster children.

Democratic leaders in the state legislature oppose the additional grants for districts with a high concentration of disadvantaged students.

Last week, Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-LA) said a deal could be reached only if the administration made sure that extra money goes to cover disadvantaged students — regardless of the affluence of the district they're in. He also said any agreement should provide more resources to early education and development programs, including preschool.

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