Friday, February 10, 2012

Jerry Brown signs bill preserving school bus funds

Wow, Finally the wait is over. time to breathe.

Jerry Brown signs bill preserving school bus funds

By JUDY LIN Associated PressAssociated Press
Posted: 02/10/2012 03:03:39 PM PST

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Gov. Jerry Brown has signed compromise legislation that allows school districts to preserve transportation funding after parents and advocates complained about losing school bus services.

The governor's office announced Friday that Brown signed SB81, which was passed by lawmakers earlier this month.

The bill alters a $248 million school transportation spending cut lawmakers included in the state budget they passed last summer. The cut was to take effect automatically at the start of the year because tax revenue was running well behind projections.

School officials say the cut would have had the greatest impact on rural districts, where students often travel long distances to get to and from schools.

The measure takes effect immediately. It allows school districts to absorb the spending cut anywhere in their overall budgets.



Anonymous said...

There is no funding after June. This solves very little.

Ernie Branscomb said...

I'm no expert, as I have said many times, but, I do know that the funding that we just received will keep bussing going through June. It would have stopped in March without it. It gives us some breathing room, and time to develop an austerity plan.

It gives the bus drivers their jobs back, and it gives parents of students time to adjust. The parents of high school Seniors will not have to worry about bussing, because their kids will graduate.

The school will receive a different kind of funding next year that will allow for some more flexibility, hopefully it will allow for adequate bussing.

Kym said...

Hopefully, it also gives us time to work with legislators to provide at least adequate funding for the schools.

Fred Mangels said...

They can't fund busing much longer. They need to fund High Speed Rail.