In passing the Local Control Funding Formula in 2013, the Legislature shifted decision-making back to local districts and steered more money to districts with higher proportions of low-income children and English learners. Proposition 98, adopted in 1988, sets the overall yearly level of K-12 and community college spending through a complex formula tied to the growth in the state economy.
The California Teachers Association says a 45-year-old law on classroom recordings prevents districts from requiring live online instruction.
California’s smallest school districts struggle to pay for supplies, staff and technology needed to reopen schools.
Bond measure to be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot would cover one-fifth of the $3.4 billion need identified in a Facilities Master Plan.
As food needs for California's community college students have increased, their campus food pantries face stagnant budgets.
School districts prefer late payments to budget cuts but some districts will bear a larger burden, and it may be years before deferrals are paid off.
Legislators spared K-12 schools and community colleges cuts, but will force them to borrow billions and rely on more stimulus aid from Congress.
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.
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.
Under the agreement, teachers and some – but not all – of other school employees would be protected from layoffs for the year.
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.
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.
Parents and student advocacy groups are demanding better remote instruction than what many children, especially in low-income schools, have received.
The governor and the Legislature are at odds over how to distribute federal coronavirus relief; Newsom cites growing achievement gap.
Both Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders are betting Congress will deliver tens of billions more in aid to states.