State schools chief Tom Torlakson joined other education advocates in sending out messages of support for Governor Jerry Brown's proposed state budget this morning.
The proposed budget implements the governor's Local Control Funding Formula, increasing spending for education by $240 million. Brown also proposes spending $1 billion to help schools train teachers and plan for implementation of new English and math guidelines known as the Common Core Standards.
"As a teacher, it's heartening to finally see new resources directed to California schools after so many years of painful cuts," said Torlakson. "Californians want our schools back on solid financial ground, and Governor Brown's proposal represents another step in the right direction."
Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst also send out a message of support for the budget, although it came from the organization's Vice President of Fiscal Strategy Rebecca Sibilia.
"We're pleased that Governor Brown's revised state budget proposal continues to prioritize education by improving funding flexibility and equity and by providing significant resources toward implementing the Common Core State Standards," Sibilia said in the prepared statement.
"We're also pleased Governor Brown is standing by his Local Control Funding Formula, which fairly funds all students and provides disadvantaged students with additional resources. We urge the Legislature to support this bold plan and work with him to ensure these funds are deployed in a transparent and accountable way."