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.
A new poll offers insight into what L.A. Unified's new superintendent might face once chosen by the district board: increased support for mental health, equity in schools and an annual evaluation of the superintendent.
Suggestions include confronting disparities in staffing fully qualified teachers and more evenly distributing money for high-needs students.
Legislative Analyst's Office forecasts rocketing state revenues will provide K-12 schools and community colleges with $102.7 billion.
No school board in the country is paid more than Los Angeles', and over the years it has become in effect a parallel power structure in the district.
American Rescue Plan Act funding imposes few restrictions, although addressing lost learning and underserved students must be priorities.
See how the over $13.6 billion in federal aid to California’s K-12 schools will be spent using this interactive database.
California schools chief acknowledges "heartburn" and frustration, promises to free up $187 million, largely for urban parochial schools.
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.