Last week’s Senate Education Committee was interesting for one main reason, Senators voted to advance legislation directly in conflict with the Governor’s priorities related to two major education issues: a 2016 state school facilities bond and career technical education (CTE). School Bond Bill Advances - Democrats on the committee voted to
This past Wednesday (March 25) was the first Assembly Education Committee hearing for the new chair, Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach). The committee continues to be smaller than in the past with only seven members (five Democrats, two Republicans). In prior years there have been up to 13 members.
Below is a complete list of school finance legislation. The bill titles are hyper-linked to the full text of the bill. Many of these bills remain in “spot bill form,” meaning they lack substance at this point. We expect most of them to be amended significantly in the next few weeks
The main areas of focus at the State Board of Education meeting last week were Accountability, Assessment and Special Education. Among the other issues discussed was the retirement of Chief Deputy Superintendent Richard Zeiger, with Glen Price serving as the interim Chief Deputy while a national search for a replacement is
Friday was the deadline for Legislators to introduce legislation in 2015. Legislators are not unlike students in that many of them waited until the last minute to turn in their legislative package. There was a deluge of new bills introduced Thursday and Friday. We’ve gone through all of them and
The attached analysis of Proposition 98 revenues and spending in the Governor’s 2015-16 Budget Proposal was released by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) earlier today. The LAO largely agrees with the Governor’s revenue assumptions and spending plans, but notes that an additional $1-2 billion in revenues will likely be available based
Yesterday, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released updated tax collection data for January and reinforced their prediction that there is likely an additional $1-2 billion in tax receipts than the Governor assumed in his January budget proposal, barring a sustained dropped in the stock market between now and the
Dr. Kirst and Dr. Straus were both re-elected as President and Vice President of the board, respectively, and it was announced that Dr. Carl Cohn has stepped down from the board. His absence creates a second vacancy on the board. In other news, it was announced that both Diane Hernandez,
The Assembly Budget Committee met today for an initial review of the Governor’s proposed 2015-16 Budget. Unlike the more detailed Budget Subcommittee hearings that will follow, this hearing was comprised of an overview presented by the Department of Finance (DOF), with commentary and analysis by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO).
Usually, California Governors are sworn into office during elaborate ceremonies and a few days later provide a speech to a joint session of the Legislature called the “State of the State.” But today, on the first day of back to work for the Legislature after the holiday, Governor Brown found
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