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Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for CA schools

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AP Photo by Rich Pedroncelli

Today, the governor unveiled his first budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The plan would increase K-12 spending levels by $2.7 billion next year.

It would also, as expected, overhaul the funding formula for school districts.

Brown’s proposed funding formula would lift a number of spending restrictions that have long been in place for specific programs, instead granting school boards the latitude to allocate the funds where they see fit.

And here’s the biggest change: Brown’s proposal would give a base amount to school districts for each student — roughly¬†$6,700 per pupil, on average. Then it would give districts an additional 35 percent to educate every child who is low-income, an English learner or in foster care, according to Nick Schweizer, of the Department of Finance.

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California PTA moms try to reach voters in a new way: gangsta rap comedy

In case the sweet faces of underserved public schoolchildren aren’t enough to convince some California voters to approve Prop. 30 and/or 38 on Nov. 6, maybe this will get their attention.

In a 5-minute video promoted by the new parent group Educate Our State, PTA moms frustrated by conventional fundraising schemes turn to intimidation — via pseudo gangster costumes, Taliban references, fake guns and fog (and above all, noisy kids who spill stuff) — to get their schools what they need.

Unlike the pro-Prop. 38, anti-Prop. 30 “contrast ads,” which Molly Munger recently pulled, this “Shake You Down” video urges voters to say “yes” on both fundraising ballot measures. Los Angeles parents Elise Robertson and Mouncey Ferguson made the video; they cast parents from their school, Aldama Elementary, and their own kids.

Can you relate?