Is Governor Brown’s proposed use of Prop 30 tax dollars to fund public education really “just”?

Mar 5, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown

Governor Jerry Brown wants to use funds from Prop 30 mostly for inner-city schools. Some taxpayers are upset because they did not know of Brown’s redistribution plan when they voted for Prop 30. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Governor Jerry Brown recently put out a new proposal on how to fund schools should across the state. The formula would give all districts a base grant, then add an extra 35% of that for each student who is low-income, struggling with English or in foster care. Essentially, inner-city school districts will get more money, while suburban, tonier districts will get less. The new proposal has some critics crying foul.

Is it fair? Should school districts across the state receive the same amount of backing? Is the state penalizing wealthier school districts?

Lydia Cano, deputy superintendent of business affairs for the Palos Verdes Unified School District

Alex Alvarez, Chief Administrative Officer of Business Services for Compton Unified School District

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