Calif. Senate Passes New Compromise Education Bill
The state Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would clear the way for California to compete in a $4.3 billion school funding competition from the Obama administration, but the state's chances of securing a slice of the money remained in limbo.
After late-night negotiations lasting several days, state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, introduced new legislation Thursday that attempted to forge a compromise between the two houses on education reform. Divisions remained, however, and Romero said she would work through the holidays to complete a bill with broad support and which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would sign.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg, D-Sacramento, urged Senators to support the package, despite a process he called "herky-jerky" that has pitted Democrats against one another and left many legislators...
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