The state plans to spend an additional $650 million on special education under new law.
School funding is based on last year’s student enrollments but that eliminates money for charter schools that already had planned to expand.
Districts anticipate huge demand for mental health services, but funding will be tight for new staff.
The California Teachers Association says a 45-year-old law on classroom recordings prevents districts from requiring live online instruction.
School districts prefer late payments to budget cuts but some districts will bear a larger burden, and it may be years before deferrals are paid off.
Legislators spared K-12 schools and community colleges cuts, but will force them to borrow billions and rely on more stimulus aid from Congress.
They're grateful that their budgets won't be cut, but worry about added expenses and the uncertainty of planning for a return to school in a pandemic.
California lawmakers introduced distance learning provisions around instructional time, attendance and connecting with parents.
The new California budget makes it easier for teacher candidates affected by coronavirus-related closures to complete credentials.
The state’s spending plan includes annual funding for California’s only online community college but a loss in a portion of its unspent state funds.
The budget still slashes investments to expand subsidized preschool, build more child care centers and train more early childhood teachers.
A possible state budget agreement would require a tradeoff of no cuts for K-12 schools in exchange for no layoffs of school employees for one year.
Gov. Newsom would cut $6.4 billion in school funding if Congress doesn’t deliver more stimulus aid. The Legislature would issue more IOUs to schools instead.
Parents and student advocacy groups are demanding better remote instruction than what many children, especially in low-income schools, have received.
The governor and the Legislature are at odds over how to distribute federal coronavirus relief; Newsom cites growing achievement gap.