Funding to train teachers and build school districts' capacity to provide high-quality instruction in math and science is a priority in Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget, but not in the Legislature's. The governor is right.
Instead of arguing over which advanced math courses best prepare high school students for their futures, California policymakers must ensure that all students have access to multiple high-quality options.
Too many students already have a tense relationship with mathematics. We must find better ways to set high expectations for learners that are grounded in individual student thinking rather than their dates of birth.
Calculus is expected to be hard; it should not be impossible. College math departments must acknowledge their responsibility to remove barriers that bar access to STEM for historically excluded groups.