Are Lamorinda's Public Schools Shortchanged in Gov. Brown's New School Funding Proposal?

State officials released district-level details about a plan to give more money to poorer schools.

School officials in Lamorinda got a picture this week of what Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed new K-12 funding plan will mean for them. In January, Brown said that he wanted the state to give more money to schools with higher numbers of poor students and students learning English.

On Wednesday, the California Department of Finance released funding projections based on Brown’s idea. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Brown’s proposal may forge unusual political alliances as lawmakers in rural districts make common cause with colleagues from urban districts, and Democratic and Republican legislators from the suburbs marshal a united front in opposition to the unequal distribution of money.

Like everything else related to school funding, Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula is complicated, but it essentially awards more money to schools with more poor students, more foster youth, and more students who are still learning English. If the Legislature approves the plan, it would come to full fruition in the 2019-20 school year. No school district would get less than it received this school year.

District 2011-12 per student revenue

2019-20 per student revenue

% Increase

Acalnes Union HS $6,727 $9,159 36% Lafayette Elementary $5,925 $7,911 33.5% Martinez USD $6,756 $8,926 32% Moraga Elementary $5,932 $7,822 31% Mount Diablo USD $6,330 $9,472 50% Orinda Union  $5,753 $7,780 35% Walnut Creek Elementary $5,790 $8,164 41% West Contra Costa USD $6,575 $10,836 64%
LamorindaMan February 22, 2013 at 06:22 PM
So you favor parcel taxes?
Eastofthehills February 22, 2013 at 09:03 PM
I prefer them over other taxes; however I'm going to vote against them since we already passed the Jerry tax.
TMoraga February 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Lamorindaman I get what your saying. Though I see it this way - your home value is what it is because people with kids are willing to pay the price to purchase your home at a high cost FOR THE SCHOOLS. So what your saying is that you think your property value should be maintained by others and not your self?
TMoraga February 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Parcel taxes are the Anti CA GOV way for locals to keep their money local. I've been saying this for years now. A flat parcel fee used for road maint - a flat parcel fee used for school funding is money the STATE CANNOT TAKE and Give to someone else. The people who are against these Parcel taxes are the same people who brag about what they could sell their home for today and how they have lived here for 25-30-40yrs and more or less paid nothing in local taxes to start with. These same people are the one's who really like the sales tax band aid passed recently. Given a high percentage of these same people own second properties in locations with lower sales tax. Meaning they can easily avoid paying it. They can't avoid paying a flat parcel tax. Yet they love the benefits they get from the fantastic schools = high home value.
Eastofthehills February 23, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Because all the libtards in this area fell for Jerry's speel I would say until that tax is gone I'm not going to vote for any new taxes parcel or otherwise. The schools had their chance let them suffer they backed Jerry. I've only got some much I'm willing to give; locals supported a measure that takes 100% of their local dollars and gives back less than 100% (my guess is we'll get back 50%); if the schools need more money after this let them make it up with cuts to their budgets.


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