Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have created a task force to explore options for school finance reform, thus ensuring that his own weighted student formula won’t be drowned out in a marketplace of ideas when the Legislature convenes in January.
“I agree that California’s complex school finance laws need urgent attention. Creating a task force, however, may actually delay action on reforms,” Brown wrote in a terse message. “Rather than create a task force, let’s work together and craft a fair Weighted Student Formula.”
If, by that, Brown is signaling that he’s willing to involve the Legislature in designing a more equitable and simpler funding system, that message will be well received in the Capitol.