In veto message, Newsom says giving districts the test option would widen inequities in college admission that the bill was intended to narrow.
Higher ed to get $6 billion and K-12 schools $9 billion, with most dollars earmarked for renovations; low-wealth, low-income districts would be favored.
For the first time, school districts will be able to consider a proposed charter school’s financial impact.
The proposed bond on the March 2020 ballot will include money for K-12 districts, including preschool, community colleges, UC and CSU.
State officials have called for giving property-poor districts a bigger share of state funding.
There's full agreement on 4 proposals but anger among some task force members over 7 proposals passed by a narrow majority as a package.
Senate hearing indicates that further changes will be needed to reach a deal on a bill charter school leaders fear would cripple growth.
The author of the bill, Patrick O'Donnell, says he is open to examining the fairness of the school modernization program's funding.
College admissions tests rank students on a curve rather than measuring how well they are meeting state standards and are weaker predictors of college performance than high-school grades.
Superintendents say free college readiness testing for all would raise SAT/ACT scores and boost college admissions. Opponents say AB 1951 would undermine the usefulness of high school testing.
Lawmakers take the first step: discussing the growing needs and disparities in funding.
Patrick O’Donnell says students would benefit from subbing SAT or ACT for Smarter Balanced math and reading exams
After educators say interim test reports designed to improve teaching were too vague to be useful, the consortium that created them promises to do better.