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Calif. budget seeks $2.7 billion more for education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to spend $2.7 billion more on K-12 education for the next fiscal year.

Brown released a budget proposal Thursday that calls for spending a total of $56.2 billion on schools for 2013-14. That figure will bring the state almost back to prerecession funding levels.

Budget cuts in recent years had reduced spending to $47.3 billion this year.

Of the additional amount allocated for the fiscal year starting July 1, the governor wants to use $1.8 billion to pay school districts what the state already owes them in late payments for previous years.

The budget also allocates $450 million of revenue from a corporate tax increase to a special fund for school energy efficiency initiatives.

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