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EDUCATION WEEK n JANUARY 30, 2013 STATE of the STATES Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country. CALIFORNIA GOV. JERRY BROWN (D) • JAN. 24 Fresh off a victory at the polls last year that secured more tax money for schools, Gov. Brown used his State of the State speech as a platform to propose a new K-12 funding formula that would provide more state aid to schools with higher proportions of disadvantaged students. Mr. Brown said his new proposal, called the Local Control Funding Formula, “recognizes the fact that a child in a family making $20,000 a year or speaking a language different from English or living in a foster home requires more help. Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice.” Analysis of previous versions of the proposal from Mr. Brown has shown that K-12 districts consisting of upwards of 80 percent disadvantaged students could receive an additional $3,520 per child. He also called for a philosophical approach to education that he called “subsidiarity,” or the idea that the state government should only do what local or intermediate authorities cannot. “Subsidiarity is offended when distant n authorities prescribe in minute detail what is taught, how it is taught, and how it is to be measured,” the governor said in prepared remarks. “I would prefer to trust our teachers who are in the classroom each day, doing the real work—lighting fires in young minds.” To that end, Mr. Brown called for cutting “categorical” state education funding programs and distributing more money to local school boards, in order to let them decide the best way to distribute it. (Such categorical funding programs include class-size reduction for grades K-3, English-language acquisition, and charter school block grants.) At the beginning of his speech, he also celebrated the voters’ passage in 2012 of Proposition 30, which raises income taxes on high earners and earmarks about $4.8 billion of the additional revenue for public schools. The passage of Proposition 30 was built into Mr. Brown’s budget, and if voters had rejected it, a corresponding midyear budget cut was to be made. —ANDREW UJIFUSA GEORGIA GOV. NATHAN DEAL (R) • JAN. 17 Gov. Deal used his State of the State address to ask the legislature to support a boost in K-12 aid to keep up with enrollment growth, while also calling for broader revisions to the state’s school funding formula, which he described as antiquated. The first-term Republican’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year would increase INAUGURATION 2013 overall funding for education to $7.4 billion, with $147 million of that increase devoted to covering the cost of educating more students. Gov. Deal also called for adding 10 days to the state’s prekindergarten program, to restore earlier cuts. Mr. Deal also said the school funding system, the Quality Basic Education program, “does not meet the needs of a 21st-century classroom,” and he asked lawmakers to help him revamp it. He believes the aid formula confuses the public and needs to be revised so that it’s easier for Georgians to understand “ “ Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.” Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP ... All of us as vital as the one light we move through, the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day: equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined, the “I have a dream” we all keep dreaming, or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won’t explain the empty desks of twenty children marked absent today, and forever. ... Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, left, greets lawmakers as he prepares to deliver his State of the State address at the Statehouse in Boston. The governor is seeking to raise income taxes and use some of the revenue to boost education spending, including for early education, aid to school districts, and college affordability. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity—until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.” President Barack Obama touched on education issues and schools in his Jan. 21 Inaugural Address in Washington, as did poet Richard Blanco in the piece he read at that day’s ceremonies. In emotional language, both alluded to the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. From Inaugural poem, “One Today” by poet Richard Blanco, above: Michael Dwyer/AP 20 how money is being spent, and so that schools have incentives to spend money wisely, said a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, Stephanie Mayfield. —SEAN CAVANAGH HAWAII GOV. NEIL ABERCROMBIE (D) • JAN. 22 Gov. Abercrombie used his annual speech to lawmakers to advocate greater investment in early-childhood education, technological infrastructure for schools, and digital devices and curricula for “ No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - January 30, 2013

Education Week - January 30, 2013
Grad Rate At Highest Since 1970
Teachers Differ Over Meeting Nonfiction Rule
States Soon to Weigh Science Standards
News in Brief
Report Roundup
New Scrutiny as Head Start Centers Recompete for Aid
Flu-Related Absenteeism Prompts School Closures
FOCUS ON: CAREER READINESS: Internships Help Students Prepare for The Workplace
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Competitions Connect Tech. Startups With Educators
School Choice Advocate to Lead Private Schools’ Group
INDUSTRY & INNOVATION: Digital Technologies Fuel Continued K-12 Acquisitions
Blogs of the Week
‘i3’ Raises Ante in Evidence, Research Push
GOP Players in Congress Step Forward On K-12
Policy Brief
Inauguration 2013
State of the States
LAURA C. MURRAY: Mental Health Is Part of the School Safety Equation
HELEN BRUNNER: Why Equal Internet Access Is an Education Essential
VICKY SCHIPPERS: Let’s Overhaul How We Teach History
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
CHARLES J. RUSSO: Armed Teachers And Guards Won’t Make Schools Safer

Education Week - January 30, 2013