|The Senator Reports
||September 10th, 2009|
“Race to the Top”
By Senator Mark Wyland (R-Carlsbad)
In a coming special session, the Legislature will work on ensuring that California is eligible for $4.35 billion in “Race to the Top” dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the single largest pool of discretionary funding for education reform in U.S. history.
But without a change in state law, California will be disqualified before the program begins, since we do not possess the legal ability to link student achievement data to teachers and principals as the program requires. If properly applied, linked data will increase education transparency and better address specific needs of students and teachers alike.
That’s why I’m especially pleased to be a joint author of these bi-partisan education reforms. By providing information about the link between students and teachers, we can start repairing a broken education system that is failing far too many of our kids.
Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes cities in north San Diego County and the south Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Senator Mark Wyland
1910 Palomar Point Way, Suite 105
Carlsbad, California 92008
Desalination Plant One Step Closer to Reality
By Assemblyman Martin Garrick
After a decade long battle, final approval of a desalination plant in San Diego appears to be on the horizon. As a long-time supporter of the plant, I am pleased that San Diegans will have this great resource for our future water needs.
The Carlsbad based plant, scheduled to begin construction before the end of the year, will have the capacity to provide up to 50 million gallons a day –enough to service hundreds of thousands of people every day.
I have often said that San Diego is at the “end of the pipeline” when it comes to our water. The reliance on Northern California and dwindling Colorado River supplies is simply not sustainable and I applaud innovative projects like these to help secure the wonderful quality of life we have all become accustomed to in San Diego County.
Assemblyman Martin Garrick serves the communities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Vista, and portions of San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside as the Assemblyman for the 74th District.