Senate Leadership Reacts to Governor Brown's 2012 State-of-the-State Address

January 18, 2012
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(Sacramento) Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address, Wednesday, January 18, 2012:

“The majority of Californians wants to see us reinvest and restore some of what’s been lost in our public schools, our universities and local communities over the past few years. The Governor laid out a positive vision for the state with a real pathway to make it happen.

“We should not abandon the great visions of a comprehensive water policy or a mass transportation system for the 21st century. Rather, we need to align those objectives with new approaches to provide an avenue to success.

“I share the Governor’s concern about too much testing in our public schools. I’ll take him up on half of his offer; yes, too much testing takes away valuable instructional time in the classroom, but it’s unclear what he proposes as a replacement for assessing student achievement. To change behavior on the ground requires a system of measurement beyond bubble test scores. Accountability is a means to an end, and that end must be better preparation for students to succeed in college and the work place. 

“All eyes are on California as we pursue the goal of putting more time, energy and focus on building achievements for our state than we do in just holding the line. We have great opportunities to fulfill our simultaneous obligations of balancing the budget and stimulating a more vibrant economy.”