If the blog had been up last month, I would have ranted about this then. The Educated Guess is still fuming, so let me vent.
It’s not often that by near-unanimity, Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature agree on a potentially significant education reform.
That happened with the passage (79-0 in the Assembly, 31-6 in the Senate) of AB 8, which would have taken the first small but important step toward rethinking how the state funds K-12 schools.
But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, with water, levies and dams on the brain , vetoed it hours before the signing deadline for legislation.
He did so with a puzzling and dismissive veto message.
He did so even though AB 8 was in line with the recommendations of his own Advisory Committee on Education Excellence.
He did so even though the Hewlett Foundation* had offered to pick up the costs of the study that the bill created. Continue reading “Governor squelches finance reform”