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Local Decision-Making


As a teacher, Tom knows that decisions about our education dollars are best made by local schools, parents and teachers themselves – not Washington or Sacramento. He fought to send more money straight to schools and classrooms.

  • With Tom’s help, schools now have flexibility over how to spend $13 billion formerly set aside for 37 different use-it-or-lose it state programs.

  • Tom created an on-line tool to make it easier for local schools to seek exemptions from state regulations.

  • As the manager of a major agency’s complex budget, Tom is overseeing the new Local Control Funding Formula – which will put control over education funds back in the hands of local communities and schools.