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Final Budget Deal

Governor Brown, Assembly Speaker Atkins, and Senate President Kevin de Leon today announced a deal on the state budget for 2015-16 that assumes revenues virtually identical to the Governor’s May Revision revenue estimates. In total, the final budget deal spends 115.4 billion in General Fund, about $2 billion less than
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Conference Committee Passes Education Budget Package

Late tonight, the two-house Budget Conference Committee voted to move forward a state budget compromise that relies on the higher overall revenue estimates provided by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). The Legislature’s budget package uses these higher revenues to fund a number of priorities beyond what the Governor proposed in
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Vaccinations Bill Passes Final Committee

Tonight, the Assembly Health Committee voted to pass SB 277 (Pan/Allen), a bill that would remove the personal belief exemption for mandatory vaccinations to attend California schools. As with prior committee hearings on this measure, it was contentious and emotional on both sides. The bill passed 12-6, largely along partisan
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Legislature Acts on Major Education Bills

Today, The Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees acted to pass or hold in committee a number of major K-12 education bills. Of particular interest, key education legislation that passed out of committee included bills addressing preschool, teacher evaluation, career technical education (CTE), English learners, and a bill to place a
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