A period upended by the pandemic also saw an unprecedented increase in state revenues. Governor Gavin Newsom has seized the opportunity to propose sweeping changes to the California’s education system, from early education to closing the digital divide and providing more money for mental health to programs designed to get more students to college.
Once past Covid disruptions, many school districts face a long-term predicament: budget cuts forced by projected declines in enrollment.
School districts seeing major enrollment and attendance drops fear substantial funding cuts in the 2022-23 school year.
Research by the Public Policy Institute of California compares Local Control Funding Formula allocations to school-level spending.
Low-income districts have priority funding for a nine-hour day and 30-day summer school; lacking staff, they'll have an extra year to plan.
California public schools must act now and think differently to close Covid-related staff shortages.
Assembly Bill 438 would force districts to determine which support staff to retain three months before the state budget is passed and six months before the school year begins.
Many small districts educated students who fled urban areas due to Covid, yet weren't compensated, with a big impact on their budgets.
The Ginny Chronicles takes Generation Z on a travelogue through landmark policies that shaped their time in school.
California will spend billions now and in coming years on young children, student mental health, community schools and the teacher shortage.
The state’s K-12 and higher education systems will receive a record-level influx of new money.
This is much work still to be done to ensure the pre-K entitlement will narrow, rather than reinforce, gaps in children’s early learning.
California will get over $1 billion in state and federal funding for students with disabilities, many of whom struggled in distance learning.
College savings accounts, universal transitional kindergarten, new community schools, teacher recruitment incentives are a signature away.
2021-22 budget would include record K-12 spending, phase in transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds, significantly expand Cal Grants
A longstanding teacher shortage grew worse during the pandemic, and districts will have to decide which programs to staff and those they won't.