Jerry Brown defends education spending in LA

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Governor Jerry Brown (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is defending his proposal to shift some education spending to the state’s neediest children.

With a proposed jump in school spending this year, Brown wants to target new dollars at districts with students who are low-income, English-learners or foster children.

But some lawmakers see the proposal as a money grab from suburban and more affluent districts.

Brown told reporters at a school in an unincorporated neighborhood east of Los Angeles on Friday that his plan would give the state the “biggest bang for our buck.”

He says it makes sense to send more money to schools where there is the most need.

Brown’s budget would push per-pupil funding in California to an average of nearly $8,500 for the remainder of the current school year.

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