While a California assemblyman agrees that a plan to give more
fiscal control to public schools is a good idea, he says handing
schools more funds for poor students or those just learning English
won't generate results.
Governor Jerry Brown (D) wants to give the state's K-12
school districts more control in how they spend money. Since voters
approved a tax increase to generate funds for education, he is
working to place the proposal for the January budget. Brown's
office says the changes in the funding system would give more
responsibility to the local level. He also plans to send more funds
to poor students and those just learning English.
But California Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R) tells
OneNewsNow why the governor's plan will not generate results.
"What we should do is have a block amount of money for each
student going out to these schools and let the local administrators
figure out what's best for their students -- but not to have
these different funding ways to put money in," Hagman suggests.
"These schools haven't had their investments for years and years,
and you have some districts making double or triple what other
districts do per student, and you don't get the results."
Brown's plan would also ax most "categoricals," which require
schools to spend funds on specific programs.
"We've been always in favor of cutting the categoricals to give
more freedom for locals," the assemblyman notes.
In light of budget cuts, the state has softened earmarks and
allowed districts to get funding without spending the funds on