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Democrats reach compromise on plan to divvy up public school funds

California Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers get closer on budget.
California Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers get closer on budget.
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Legislative leaders and Governor Jerry Brown were closing in on a budget deal Monday after reaching a compromise on a new funding formula for public schools. 

If it holds, state lawmakers should be able to pass a state spending plan by the June 15th deadline.

Under the compromise, most schools districts in California are expected to get more funding next year than this past school year.  

Districts where 55 percent of the students are English learners or low-income will get an extra infusion of cash to help level the playing field for those students. Brown fought to keep this concentration grant—but it’s smaller than he originally proposed. 

"It appears that the Governor and the legislative leadership were able to accomplish a compromise that does aim to increase funding across the board but still prioritizing and protecting funding for the neediest students," said Edgar Zazueta, director of the Office of Government Relations for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Lawmakers originally opposed extra funds for school districts with a high concentration of neediest students. They worried other districts would lose out.  

Democratic leaders agreed to the boost after the governor agreed to increase base funding for all school districts.  

The money to pay for that will come from funds Brown earmarked for paying down debts the state owes schools for past years.

The plan also includes a provision to raise all districts to pre-recession level of spending.

This story has been updated.