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.
Altogether, federal funding to the state’s schools from the CARES Act, a second round in December and the new plan totals $28.2 billion.
See how the over $15 billion in new federal aid to California’s K-12 schools will be spent using this interactive database.
Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Phil Ting says school districts’ criticism of a proposed deal shows they want money but no accountability.
Early childhood advocates applaud any increase in access to early education, which many see as critical to closing achievement gaps.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s K-12 education budget proposal includes a cost of living adjustment that allows some districts to avoid cuts next year.
Districts have carried over unspent money intended for high-needs students to use however they want. The governor says the practice must end.
State must enhance flexibility and resources for school districts even after students return to campus.
The teachers union wants most California schools to remain closed for 100 days while the state comes up with a plan to slow the spread of the virus and vaccinate school staff.
Some school boards and administrators predict there’ll be few takers for extra funding due to the burdens of testing and labor negotiations.
Leaders representing all segments of California's education system share their reactions to the governor’s budget proposals.
Multiple websites will provide data and a hotline on Covid outbreaks for parents, clarify regulations, and offer technical help to districts.
Gov. Newsom should sit down with union leaders to negotiate a safe statewide reopening of all public schools for in-person instruction.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s early education and K-12 budget proposals.
Higher education leaders in California mostly praised Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal, which offsets some of last year's cuts.
The budget would provide billions for K-12 schools and early education after paying off most of the short-term debt owed from this year’s budget.