Arguing that he did not want to “erode the independence and flexibility” of charter schools, Gov. Jerry Brown last weekend vetoed legislation that would have required charters to provide low-income students free or reduced-price meals.
Brown’s veto message [PDF] of AB 1594, authored by Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Alhambra, pits student nutrition against charter school autonomy – issues that supporters said should not be at odds.
“I respect the governor’s concern that charter schools thrive, but I believe that it’s not necessary to choose between meals for children and good policies for charter schools. We can do both,” Eng said in a statement to California Watch.