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.
Legislators spared K-12 schools and community colleges cuts, but will force them to borrow billions and rely on more stimulus aid from Congress.
Full funding, teacher recruitment and early childhood programs are included in a wide-ranging disability platform.
They're grateful that their budgets won't be cut, but worry about added expenses and the uncertainty of planning for a return to school in a pandemic.
But the state needs to take stronger action to reform campus discipline, advocates say.
California lawmakers introduced distance learning provisions around instructional time, attendance and connecting with parents.
The new California budget makes it easier for teacher candidates affected by coronavirus-related closures to complete credentials.
The state’s spending plan includes annual funding for California’s only online community college but a loss in a portion of its unspent state funds.
The budget still slashes investments to expand subsidized preschool, build more child care centers and train more early childhood teachers.
Under the agreement, teachers and some – but not all – of other school employees would be protected from layoffs for the year.
If voters repeal the state ban on affirmative action in college admissions, some expect only moderate change among racial groups at UC and CSU while others predict significant shifts to match California's overall population.
A possible state budget agreement would require a tradeoff of no cuts for K-12 schools in exchange for no layoffs of school employees for one year.
As Black Lives Matter movement gathers steam, more name changes likely are on the way, officials say.
If Congress fails to approve additional funding, it would have a drastic impact on education in California.
State health officials said parents likely were afraid to take their children to medical offices during the pandemic.
Gov. Newsom would cut $6.4 billion in school funding if Congress doesn’t deliver more stimulus aid. The Legislature would issue more IOUs to schools instead.