Mayor Swearengin Urges Assembly to Pass Race to the Top Reform Package

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today urged the state Assembly to take prompt action to pass legislation calling for education reform and innovation that would make California competitive for federal Race to the Top funding.

In a letter to Assembly Education Committee Chair Julia Brownley, Mayor Swearengin wrote that passing legislation that Gov. Schwarzenegger could sign would help provide schools with the resources needed to greatly improve academic achievement.

“It is vital that the state legislature move quickly and responsibly … to enact reform that will enable participating school districts to partner with the state is accessing $500 million or more in (Race to the Top) grant money,” Mayor Swearengin wrote.

“Such reform should include the use data to improve instruction and student performance, eliminate the cap on the number of charter schools authorized to operate in California, and allow authorization of open enrollment options for students in low-performing schools.”

Mayor Swearengin earlier this year joined mayors, school board, and school officials from across the state in a meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to discuss federal stimulus funding related to education.