School superintendents, already dealing with severe staff shortages, are concerned that testing and vaccine mandates could make matters worse.
This year, the Legislature's focus on education was on Covid-related bills and on a record-high state budget, which includes tens of billions of new and one-time spending, along with policy decisions on how to spend the money.
AB 1456 would have expanded financial aid eligibility to 160,000 additional students, mostly community college students. It also would simplify the Cal Grant program.
One year after he vetoed legislation, Gov. Newsom signs bill, also releasing $50 million for districts to create ethnic studies curricula.
The 22-bill package will increase broadband infrastructure, develop mental and behavioral health support and add a new ethnic studies high school graduation requirement.
The history of pandemics illustrates the importance of continued vigilance.
The mandate, the nation’s first, applies to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade in public, charter and private schools.
AB 1456 would make major changes to California's main financial aid program, but it's unclear if Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign the bill.
Visiting an Oakland Unified middle school, Newsom said he feels humbled and energized by the recall victory, and urges Covid safety measures.
Democratic voters rally around the California governor in the closing days of the campaign, in a strong turnout to keep him in office.
Legislators say the need is urgent as researchers estimate the number of homeless students in California has increased during the pandemic.
A supermajority in the Legislature would rein in a new governor, who'd also face long odds on the big prize: selling a voucher initiative next year.
California's already dire substitute shortage has become a crisis for some schools. Districts are responding by increasing salaries, asking parents for help.
Teachers' and classified staff unions support governor's decision to require vaccinations or regular testing for school employees.
Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to allow school districts to enforce the state mask mandate has parents demanding they drop the requirement.