As students and educators in and around the town of Paradise begin a new semester, just two months since the deadliest fire in California history killed 86 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes, they are carrying with them levels of trauma that will certainly impact their ability to learn and teach, experts say.
Newsom would increase spending for education from early to higher ed, including a path to full-day preschool for every low-income child and full-day kindergarten for all 5-year olds. A surprise for K-12 districts — pension-cost relief — would free up money to spend as they want.
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to identify and improve student achievement in the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools. Districts with those schools will explain how in a new section of their Local Control and Accountability Plans.
Quality early care and education is critical to prepare all California children for school, but a large percentage of children 0-4 do not attend licensed early childhood education programs, largely because of a lack of space. The state has begun restoring preschool and child care slots eliminated during the recession, and investing more in full-day programs. Early childhood advocates, parents, and providers are eagerly awaiting what reforms may occur under Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, who has said he is committed to expanding early childhood education.