L.A. Area Chamber Statement on State Assembly Efforts to Speed Up Race to the Top Reform

November 18, 2009 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauds California State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Assembly Education Committee Chair Julia Brownley for speeding up efforts to make California eligible for Race to the Top (RTTT) Funds.

“With a reported $21 billion state budget shortfall over the next year and a half, we call on Governor Schwarzenegger and the leaders of the Senate and Assembly to work together to ensure that California receives the maximum funds possible to improve our state education system and provide better opportunities for our students,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Assembly Education Committee will meet on Dec. 9 to vote on legislation that will increase California’s chances of receiving anywhere from $350-$700 million.  A full Assembly vote will happen as early as Dec. 10, in an effort to help the state to meet the Jan. 19 deadline to apply for the first round of funding.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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