- California Gov. Jerry Brown promised on Wednesday to give state legislators "the battle of their lives" if they oppose his education overhaul plan, just one day after Democrats in the state Senate revealed their differences with him on school funding.
- Brown's plan involves directing more money to districts serving mostly poor students and non-native English speakers, while also giving all districts more flexibility in how they spend state dollars, and he described the plan Wednesday as a "cause" and "not an ordinary legislative measure."
- Democrats in the state Senate want money to be redistributed less radically, more restrictions on how it can be spent and a one-year delay on any change that occurs, but Brown vowed to do everything in his power as governor to keep his plan intact.
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... "This is not an ordinary legislative measure. This is a cause," a combative Brown said at a Capitol news conference, flanked by 20 school superintendents who support his program. "I will fight any effort to dilute this bill." ...