Legislators spared K-12 schools and community colleges cuts, but will force them to borrow billions and rely on more stimulus aid from Congress.
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.
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.
State health officials said parents likely were afraid to take their children to medical offices during the pandemic.
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.
Districts are anticipating billions more in unfunded costs to reopen schools. They want some of the money they'll need to be distributed more evenly than Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes.
Newsom issued an executive order suspending state-required tests for teacher candidates on track to complete their teacher preparation programs.
School districts can do a second round of layoffs if K-12 funding increases less than 2%. CTA will ask the Legislature to prevent it.
Decisions would be made in the months ahead. If they reopen, campuses would at first require face coverings, limit class sizes, ban audiences at sports events.
California schools will not be able to reopen safely unless they receive additional federal dollars, said California schools chief Tony Thurmond.
Superintendents argue that uncertainty and the higher costs of Covid-19, combined with a 10% cut in general funding, require increased funding.
UC, CSU and community colleges face significant declines in state funding, prompting fears of tuition hikes and program cuts. Federal funds might ease the pain.
The proposed cuts — $915 million — are more than the amount spent for teacher development in the five previous years combined.
Newsom is proposing to eliminate new preschool slots and cut payments to subsidized child care providers by 10%, among other cuts.
California governor's proposed budget anticipates a two-year drop of $19 billion in state funding for schools and community colleges.