How DO the two plans DIFFER?

Q What is Gov. Jerry Brown's plan?
A Each school district would get a per-pupil base grant. Districts would also receive supplemental grants equal to 35 percent of base grants for each student who is either poor, an English-language learner or foster youth. When more than 50 percent of students are disadvantaged, districts would receive additional "concentration grants."
Q What's different about the Senate Democrats' proposal?
A The concentration grants would be eliminated -- and the money would be used to increase base grants for all districts. There would still be supplemental grants, but the percentage could be lower than 35 percent.
Q Can you give me an example of how a wealthy district and poor district would be affected by the two plans?
A Under the governor's plan, the Orinda Union elementary district, in a wealthy area of Contra Costa County, would receive about $5,868 per student in 2013-14, an increase of $115 over its 2011-12 allocation. The Oak Grove elementary district in San Jose, where 99 percent of students are low-income and 29 percent are English learners, next year would receive $6,683 per student, an increase of $453. After seven years, Orinda would receive $7,780 per student compared with $11,997 in Oak Grove, a difference of $4,217. The Senate Democrats have not determined the amounts of the base grants, and their plan would begin in 2014-15. So districts would receive funding under current laws next year.

_ Theresa Harrington, Staff