Most teachers receiving layoff notices will eventually have them rescinded in coming weeks as districts receive better state budget estimates.
A more optimistic scenario could produce a couple of billion dollars more for K-12 schools and community colleges.
Early education advocates say a delay in new preschool slots and a freeze on child care reimbursement rates in the governor's 2017-18 budget will slow progress in supporting young children and hurt working families.
Higher education officials generally applaud Brown's plan, which would freeze community college fees while allowing tuition hikes at UC and CSU.
Gov. Jerry Brown is also demanding improved auditing before floating school construction bonds.