The $128 billion total for schools and community colleges gives a big boost for the funding formula and after-school programs, with a promise for an expansion of Cal Grants for college assistance.
Former Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner is leading an effort to restore arts and music education to a more prominent place in the school curriculum.
For some students, the arts community is the most important community they have on campus.
While arts programs support academic and school climate goals, they are often the first to be cut from the budget.
An arts charter that adds science, technology, math and engineering finds a winning combination.
Despite its creativity-focused economy, California arts education among the nation's worst
Courses such as civics, technology, music and the arts, aren't luxuries that are just nice to have, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said in a statement.
The program was aimed at helping students become proficient in English.
The method aligns with the Common Core approach to learning.