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.
The state plans to spend an additional $650 million on special education under new law.
Official awards from CARES Act funding to California school districts now public. Funds can be used for protective equipment and supplies, student meals and planning for school reopening.
School districts, charter and private schools would have to meet safety requirements. Counties could limit the number of approvals.
The revision stresses inclusion but keeps focus on four ethnic/racial groups: African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans.
School funding is based on last year’s student enrollments but that eliminates money for charter schools that already had planned to expand.
Trump administration will continue limit DACA program, which provides temporary relief from deportation for undocumented students.
Here’s what has been issued so far from the state, county offices and other agencies.
In addition to advocating for higher pay per subsidized child, providers say they will call for more training and more access to subsidies.
Districts anticipate huge demand for mental health services, but funding will be tight for new staff.
Demands for police reforms include increasing mental health services which are seen as key to helping young people, especially Black students, succeed studies say.
California has put on hold most aspects of its school accountability system. Learn more about how the state is handling accountability during the coronavirus pandemic.
Do not be lulled into the mistaken idea that schools have been protected from cuts by the state budget solutions adopted last month.
Campuses in 32 of the state’s 58 counties are unlikely to open for the start of the new school year.
All staff and students in grades 3-12 will be required to wear face coverings, and those who don’t can be sent home to learn via distance learning.
The Legislature has set minimum standards for distance learning; parents and students can demand a more extensive approach.