While California’s Local Control Funding Formula shifted control over budgeting and decision making from the state to local districts, the state and federal government still retain authority over setting broad education and school finance policies. In this section, find articles about pressing challenges to California’s education system, the state’s education reforms, how school districts are implementing them, and their impact.
An extra year in high school, a Pass or No Pass option and minimum graduation requirements would help undo damage from the pandemic.
A longstanding teacher shortage grew worse during the pandemic, and districts will have to decide which programs to staff and those they won't.
California Department of Education sides with faith-based organizations that challenged how the San Bernardino county office approved LCAPs.
A program that prepares bilingual teachers for dual-language classrooms in California is set to end this month, potentially worsening a shortage.
Legislators and governor agree on most education spending, but legislators want more funding for child care, Cal Grants and pension relief.
A "mixed delivery" system, in which state-funded early learning programs can be in any school, would better serve the needs of families.
Nearly a year after money was budgeted, the California Department of Education hasn't completed the contract needed to move forward.
Pandemic has created a window of opportunity for California to add a growth measure to the dashboard for evaluating schools.
California school districts are planning for summer school and for a full return to campuses in the fall, according to data released by the state.
Help with food and housing costs would enable more students to succeed and thrive in community college.
Parents and education advocacy groups are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to extend distance learning provisions for the upcoming school year.
Learn more about college savings accounts and state and local proposals to start them for low-income youth.
Gov. Newsom, legislative leaders agree to add $1.1 billion to the Local Control Funding Formula but not on who gets priority for the money.
California's legislators recommend approving a budget proposal that would reduce the number of tests required to earn a teaching credential.
Budget committees' joint plan prioritizes school districts' financial health over more one-time funding. Next step: Talks with Newsom