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.
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.
Much debate is ahead about legislation to expand Cal Grants beyond tuition costs. Gov. Newsom says state must balance different needs.
Just over half of voters said free community college tuition should be a high or very high priority for new state funding, new poll finds.
California voters support guaranteeing minimum levels of state funding for public universities, survey finds.
The request for the 2019-20 fiscal year, is the opening round in budget negotiations between the college system, the Legislature and the governor’s office, an annual process that ends with a new state budget in June, 2019.
Proposed legislation related to districts in fiscal distress would provide state aid to cover a portion of future deficits.
Language added to the state budget will make it easier for unions to recruit and keep members as the high court is set to rule on the mandatory fees they charge.
Efforts to expand California's ban on suspending students for “willful defiance," now limited to K-3 grades, also still in play.
A fiscal analysis by an independent agency says the district is in “financial distress.”
Districts are hoping the upcoming state budget will include financial relief such as deferred state loans, flat per-student payments, and flexibility to sell or lease surplus property.