Los Angeles Daily News
Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers on Monday reached a key agreement on K-12 education funding and other pivotal parts of the state's spending plan, which could set up one of the smoothest paths toward a budget in years.
Brown got his wish to keep intact most of the cuts made in previous years while dedicating most of the money from a newfound surplus to bolster public schools, with a particular emphasis on disadvantaged students. Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, chipped away at restoring a few parts of the social safety net slashed during the recession.