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State Superintendent Recommends School Reforms

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:10am

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says the law mandating California’s education funding formula needs a rewrite.

“Prop 98 is broken in some respects,” said Torlakson. “It was set out with voter approval to be a floor, not a ceiling, but it’s become a ceiling. So I want to look at ways we might tweak it, reform it.”

Torlakson says that overhaul ought to be part of a push for new revenues for K-through-12 education. He also wants to see voters get the chance to approve new taxes to benefit schools in November 2012.

The superintendent’s comments came Tuesday as he unveiled a report with recommendations for improving California’s education system. Besides new revenues, the report also includes a call to revamp the state’s curriculum to better prepare students for a high-tech world.

Many of the report’s recommendations, including new taxes, require legislative or voter approval.

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