Allison Olson, CFRW Advocate
Friday, December 19, 2009
California Federation of Republican Women
Kathleen Brugger, President
Race to the Top
The Senate will be hearing the Assembly’s version of the Race to the Top bill, but not until January 4th. But they did send a “compromise” bill to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday that the Assembly will likely hear after the New Year. Both houses adjourned with plans on reconvening in January. Governor Schwarzenegger threatened to veto the Assembly’s bill after the Assembly Education Committee killed the Senate’s version of the bill, which the Governor supported. The Senate’s new version, SBX5 4 (Steinberg, D-6), includes compromises between the Senate and the Assembly with regards to charter schools and parental choice. But one issue still remains: open enrollment. Open enrollment means the opportunity for parents to petition to transfer their children from failing schools. The Legislature is trying to pass a bill that would qualify the state for “Race to the Top” federal funding. This competition for the funding requires that certain issues are covered in a state’s legislation. Your CFRW Advocate will continue to monitor this bill as it carries through to next year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The Capitol Update will take a two week hiatus and will return January 7th. I hope that everyone enjoys their holiday time with family and friends! See you next year!
The CFRW Legislative Advocate’s office has moved! Our new address is:
1029 J St., Ste. 340
Sacramento, CA 95814
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