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.
Report says Congress should triple federal funding for English learners and increase grants for bilingual teacher training and preschool.
California schools must be allowed to follow state-mandated quarantine requirements without losing funding.
California districts are using pathway programs to hire more Black teachers and taking other steps to retain them.
Basing funding on enrollment instead of attendance only teaches public schools all the wrong lessons.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s May revision of the 2021-22 budget.
Leaders representing all segments of California's education system share their reactions to the governor’s proposed 2022-23 budget for the state's K-12 public schools.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s 2022-23 January budget proposal.
Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed $39.6 billion for California's three public higher education segments and the California Student Aid Commission.
Newsom projects $24 billion in new spending on K-12 education; he'd speed up plans for a longer day for low-income kids and add nearly $1 billion for arts and music.
Among the 24% of students who took the Smarter Balanced assessments in 2020-21, achievement gaps widened, and the youngest students struggled.
Test scores will fall, chronic absences will rise, school funding will soar, with arguments over how to spend it. Bet your Fensters on that.
School officials are struggling to keep schools open amid Covid outbreaks and staffing shortages. Conflicting messages from California state officials are making it even more difficult.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 27 into law recently after researchers estimated the number of homeless students in California has increased during the pandemic.
California school districts are reducing the number of credits needed to graduate, changing school schedules and adding tutoring to help seniors earn their diplomas.
California Assemblyman Jose Medina sat down with EdSource to reflect on his years as Higher Education Committee chairman and outline his priorities for his last year in office.