Advocates agree with governor's call for more planning before new early childhood funds are spent.
New laws also ease dual-enrollment for adults and high schoolers.
For the first time, school districts will be able to consider a proposed charter school’s financial impact.
Linking work experience and college preparation in high school helps students do better in college.
Gov. Newsom signed legislation that will ban out-of-school suspensions for disruptive behavior and willful defiance after next July.
California Governor Gavin Newsom agreed to sign legislation that tightens restrictions on medical exemptions that allow students to attend school without all the required vaccinations if lawmakers promise to pass revisions in a second bill.
The bill would allow the state to review a medical exemption if a child attends a school with an immunization rate of less than 95 percent.
Education leaders will privately advise Gov. Newsom on college access and success. Some experts want the group to have more authority.
California's size and diversity make universal preschool or extended paid leave a feat in some ways comparable to a national effort.
Senate hearing indicates that further changes will be needed to reach a deal on a bill charter school leaders fear would cripple growth.
Most school districts oversee only a handful of charter schools, and lack the skills or resources to fully oversee them.
The budget provides an increase to 41,000 Cal Grants for older students to pay tuition. Advocates say more help is needed and hope for bigger reforms next year.
Under the agreement, all 4-year-olds living in low-income neighborhoods would be eligible for state-subsidized preschool, with priority for low-income children first.
The group reached a consensus on giving school districts the power to consider the “saturation” by and the academic need for charter schools.
Gov. Newsom said college students who are parents of dependent children deserve a special helping hand. But legislators say they want to aid a wider group of older students.