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CALIFORNIA BUDGET: Better-off schools will get help, too

Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise  Gov. Jerry Brown speaks in Susan Cummins' 4th grade class at Arlanza Elementary School in Riverside in 2011.

Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks in Susan Cummins’ 4th grade class at Arlanza Elementary School in Riverside in 2011.

SACRAMENTO — A compromise school-funding formula at the heart of this week’s state budget deal includes more money for suburban and wealthier districts, addressing complaints that an earlier Brown administration plan was unfair.

There will still be extra money targeted at English learners, students receiving free meals, and foster children. But it will comprise a smaller piece of the funding pie than what Brown wanted when he warned his plan’s critics in April that they were in for “the battle of their lives.”

“It’s an improvement, definitely, but we’re still waiting to get all of the details,” said Lori Ordway-Peck, assistant superintendent for business support services at Temecula Valley Unified School District, where officials had raised concerns about the Local Control Funding Formula the governor unveiled in January.

Supporters say the compromise plan will increase funding for schools by about $23 billion over eight years, making up for past cuts while simplifying the state’s school-funding system and helping disadvantaged students close the achievement gap.

Under this week’s agreement, more money will go into base grants for all pupils. The Temecula district, for example, would get a per-pupil increase of more than $3,000, to about $9,400, by 2020-21, according to Department of Finance estimates.

Brown’s formula would have phased in a year earlier, which prevents direct comparisons to the compromise plan.

In seven years, though, Temecula Valley’s per-pupil funding would have increased by only $2,100, based on February estimates by the finance department.

Stacy Coleman, assistant superintendent for business services for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, said he’s also waiting for more specifics on the proposal.

Murrieta Valley, where about a third of the students are disadvantaged, would receive about $3,000 more in per-pupil funding, to $9,500, by 2020-21. The governor’s earlier plan estimated that the district would receive $9,000 by 2019-20.

Additional base funding is good, Coleman said. He cautioned, though, that the additions could come at the expense of cuts elsewhere. The final result may not be much gain over what the district had expected under existing law, he said.

Disadvantaged districts

Inland districts with large percentages of disadvantaged students, such as Fontana Unified, San Bernardino City Unified and Val Verde Unified, would get almost twice as much in per-pupil funding by the time this week’s compromise takes full effect.

Dale Marsden, superintendent of San Bernardino City Unified, said the compromise formula is just as good for his district as the governor’s January proposal.

“There are no losers,” Marsden said. “Everybody’s base has gone up. But we still have a long way to go.”

This week’s agreement includes “supplemental” payments to districts. Those will be equal to 20 percent of the base grant for every disadvantaged student. Brown had wanted 35 percent.

And districts will qualify for extra “concentration” funding when 55 percent of their students are disadvantaged, up from a 50-percent threshold in the governor’s approach.

Some districts also will get an “economic recovery payment” to restore them to 2007-08 revenue levels.

“What we have here is a final agreement that has the same essential architecture as the governor’s proposal, with some changes,” Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer said Wednesday.

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, whose district includes the Fontana and San Bernardino districts, was an early backer of the governor’s plan.

“I’m here with members who are from suburbia,” Brown, D-San Bernardino, said. “They were really concerned they were being short-changed. The way this has turned out, no one is short-changed. Those who need more, will get more.”

Governor’s plan

Some Inland school officials, though, said the governor’s plan would have been better for districts with mid-range percentages of disadvantaged students.

Mike Fine, Riverside Unified’s deputy superintendent for business services, said the district will receive about $1,000 less per pupil in supplemental money under the compromise. About two-thirds of the district’s 40,000 pupils are disadvantaged.

Brown’s acceptance of this week’s deal, Fine said, “was a little shocking to me. I think it goes against some of the governor’s principles.”

The approach to distribute the concentration money, Fine added, fails to recognize that some districts — such as Riverside Unified and Corona-Norco Unified — are short of the 55 percent threshold but have schools that meet it. Senate Democrats had voiced similar complaints about the governor’s plan but signed on to the compromise.

Assembly President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, praised the agreement. It gets more money to all districts, he said, while maintaining the essence of the governor’s “progressive proposal.”

BY JIM MILLER AND

MICHELLE KLAMPESTAFF WRITERS

June 12, 2013

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Names La Pasta Italia as Small Business of the Year

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) named La Pasta Italia as the 47th District’s Small Business of the Year. La Pasta Italia, located in Grand Terrace, is owned and operated by the current Grand Terrace mayor, Walt Stanckiewitz, and his wife, Monique Stanckiewitz. La Pasta Italia has been serving quality Italian food products for over 20 years. A ceremony was held at the Sacramento Convention Center on Monday, June 10.

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) named La Pasta Italia as the 47th District’s Small Business of the Year. La Pasta Italia, located in Grand Terrace, is owned and operated by the current Grand Terrace mayor, Walt Stanckiewitz, and his wife, Monique Stanckiewitz. La Pasta Italia has been serving quality Italian food products for over 20 years. A ceremony was held at the Sacramento Convention Center on Monday, June 10.

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) has selected La Pasta Italia as the 47th District’s Small Business of the Year. La Pasta Italia, located in Grand Terrace, is owned and operated by the current Grand Terrace mayor, Walt Stanckiewitz, and his wife, Monique Stanckiewitz.

“I’m so excited to acknowledge and select La Pasta Italia as my Small Business of the Year. La Pasta Italia has been providing quality food to the restaurant industry and the community for several years now. They have a statewide reach and an excellent reputation in my district. They’ve come so far and I’m so proud of them,” said Assemblymember Brown.

Prior to the establishment of their restaurant, the Stanckiewitzes developed a reputation for providing a variety of fine pasta products to upscale restaurants throughout the Inland Empire including Mario’s Place, New York Grill, Ciao Bella, Café Allegro, Lake Arrowhead Resort, and the iconic Mission Inn.

 After 13 years of providing quality service to area restaurants, the Stanckiewitzes established La Pasta Italia, on Barton Road, in the city of Grand Terrace in June 2003. In keeping with Walt’s Italian roots, the Stanckiewitzes prepare each dish with love.

 In honor of his mother, Walt’s signature sandwich is the Da Riccio. Inspired from her Naples background, the ingredients include: prosciutto, sopressata, parmesan cheese, red onion, pepperoncini, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar on an Italian roll.

 The Stanckiewitzes will be honored at a ceremony in Sacramento on Monday, June 10.

 Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, the southwest parts of San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/

Michael Johnson​ Kids Camp Brings Ou​t NFL Buddies from C​oast to Coast

Bengals Standout MJ #93 Gives Hands On Support to Campers

Bengals Standout MJ #93 Gives Hands On Support to Campers

Michael Johnson recently delivered another interactive, exhilarating and  inspirational experience to about 150 youth in his beloved hometown, Selma, Alabama. T he charismatic Bengals Defensive Linebacker, several of his NFL league mates and college com padres came from as far as Seattle, Washington, Cincinnati, Ohio and Washington, DC to offer hands on football drills, positive feedback and mentoring!

Camper Getting Tips from 2X Pro Bowler Geno Atkins

Camper Getting Tips from 2X Pro Bowler Geno Atkins

The coaches and mentors shared their experiences and words of encouragement to the kids ages 8-17. Urging them to not only try their best in football, but to work hard and give their best at whatever their passions are.
Drills with NFL Guard Cordaro Howard

Drills with NFL Guard Cordaro Howard

While the boys were with the NFL and pro players, the young aspiring cheerleaders were able to learn skills and routines from award winning cheer coaches from Troy University!
San Diego Charger Gary Guyton Facilitate Blocking Drills

San Diego Charger Gary Guyton Facilitate Blocking Drills

“It is very important to me and my mother that we give equal opportunities to and offer positive reinforcement to young boys and girls…these kids really are our future I want them to know they can achieve anything they aspire to do!”~Michael Johnson
MJ Pauses for a Pose with the Black Belt Marching Band before their annual half time performance!
MJ served as a proud campe coach along with many of his friends, family including cousin Cedric Dickerson, Georgia Tech classmates Anthony Egbuniwe and Beau Rheinmiller, coaches from local Concordia College and Troy University, NFL team mates  Carlos Dunlap (Cincinnati Bengals),  Geno Atkins (Cincinnati Bengals), Gary Guyton (San Diego Chargers),  Leger Douzable (Tennessee Titans),  Clinton McDonald (Seattle Sea Hawks),  Cordaro Howard (Detroit Lions) and fellow Selma native  Ben Obomanu (Seattle Sea Hawks)!
2013 Camp Coaches

With the help of generous sponsors, the city of Selma, Memorial Stadium, supporters, longtime friends and his loving family, the 4th Annual Michael Johnson Youth and Cheer Camp was a huge Success! To check out ALL THE PHOTOS please visit www.mj93.org 

The 6' 7" Gentle Giant Takes Time Out to Talk with an Inquisitive Cheer Camper

The 6′ 7″ Gentle Giant Takes Time Out to Talk with an Inquisitive Cheer Camper

Media inquiries please contact MJ’s P ublicist Trea Davenport, Trea Day PR at 678-327-8281 or treadaypr@gmail.com .

Special Thanks to Dr. Robert Agee, Jr. who is recognized as one of the leading resources for primary care sports. He is the lead physician in the first line of defense for clients non-operative sports medicine needs at Lemak Sports Medicine. He came out to offer his expertise and support to the participants of MJ’s camp!