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 governor issued an executive order allowing virtual meetings, as long as the public has access.
County superintendents in Los Angeles and Orange County both recommend closure of schools for remainder of the school year but emphasize schools are still open for learning remotely.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction stresses that school is not actually over, but that emphasis must be on providing education through distance learning.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state could add about 37,000 healthcare workers, including those who are retired and students.
School districts are consulting with health authorities in setting closure dates, and increasingly are doing so along with all districts in their counties.
Chancellor of 115 community colleges says system has "converted nearly 100 percent of the in-person instruction, the general instruction that leads to an associate degree for transfer to some sort of remote learning platform"
Increasingly school districts say they will stay closed at least until the first week of May
For one measure, a question remains over whether a citizens initiative needs a two-thirds vote or a simple majority.
Darling-Hammond says state will double down to support school districts, families and students.
The money for education is a small piece of a record $2 trillion in coronavirus relief but vitally needed as a recession looms in California.
Providers are asking for funding to pay for additional assistants and substitutes, along with other expenses.
During a webinar viewed by 7,000 people, state officials encourage innovation to provide service and promise cooperation in weeks ahead.
California also will ask the federal government to waive the required standardized tests if and when schools resume session this year.
Rural schools need to overcome tough challenges in providing distance learning, meals and child care to parents who are unable to care for their children.
Lawmakers approve full funding for school closures and lower attendance due to the coronavirus.