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Smyth lauds passage of 'Race to the Top' education reform

Posted: January 6, 2010 12:17 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2010 1:23 p.m.
 
SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) has joined Democrats and Republicans in passing bipartisan education reforms that will make California more competitive to receive up to $700 million in "Race to the Top" funds, calling the plan an important step forward that will empower parents and help the state improve its failing schools.

"Last night's bipartisan vote is a victory for parents, students, and taxpayers who want to improve the quality of our public schools," said Smyth. "This legislation makes California more competitive for Race to the Top dollars and allows us to continue working closely with the Obama Administration to achieve real reforms in our public education system and improve low-performing schools."

The measure, Senate Bill 4 5x (Romero), had already passed the State Senate on a bipartisan vote, but will return to the Senate for concurrence today. It was supported by a wide array of groups and included real reforms to empower parents, turn around low-performing schools and give students in failing schools more opportunities to transfer to schools that will better prepare them for the future.

Assemblyman Smyth said that the Legislature needed to pass this important bipartisan reform soon to meet a looming federal deadline to apply for Race to the Top funds and make California the most competitive to receive up to $700 million in federal dollars.

"The reforms we passed will make a real difference in improving our failing schools and ensuring that every child is prepared to succeed in life," said Smyth. "Members from both sides of the aisle were able to ignore the status quo and put together a bipartisan plan that promotes parental empowerment and demands positive change in our public education system."

 

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