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Brown Rallies Support For School-Funding Changes

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is calling his education funding plan a “cause for the children of California” as he tries to persuade reluctant members of his own party to include his proposal in the upcoming state budget.

The Democratic governor stood with school leaders from San Diego to Shasta County at the Capitol on Wednesday. He wants to give school districts more control of the money they receive from the state and provide poorer districts a disproportionately larger share of state aid.

Yet Brown is running into reluctance from his own party, including lawmakers who represent affluent areas that would not gain as much under his plan.

Democrats in the Senate plan to propose an alternative that does not include extra money where more than half of students are low income.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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