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Deregulate to Better Educate

Why AB-18 Makes Good Sense

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011  |  Updated 6:52 AM PDT
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Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director, argues why the last thing we should invest in for education is spending mandates

Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director, argues why the last thing we should invest in for education is spending mandates

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And now, an NBC Bay Area Editorial:

California's 9,900 public schools continue to grapple with tight budgets and ridiculously complicated spending mandates. Now more than ever, our schools need the freedom to spend money where it's needed.

I'm Suzanne Shaw (NBC Bay Area Editorial Director)

With over 50 spending mandates, from county oversight to maintenance, our process of funding and reimbursing schools is inefficient, ineffective and broken.

Under Govenor Schwarzenegger, we began to deregulate the system. And now, NBC Bay Area calls on Govenor Brown and the legislature to make the flexibility in grant spending permanent. Assembly Bill 18 proposes to do just that, to simplify school finance and reduce the bureaucracy.

California is 43rd in per pupil spending and more cuts are coming. We owe
it to our kids to do a better job with the money we have.

Support AB-18 and join our debate at nbceditorials.com


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