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.
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.
California Department of Education sides with faith-based organizations that challenged how the San Bernardino county office approved LCAPs.
Legislators and governor agree on most education spending, but legislators want more funding for child care, Cal Grants and pension relief.
A "mixed delivery" system, in which state-funded early learning programs can be in any school, would better serve the needs of families.
Nearly a year after money was budgeted, the California Department of Education hasn't completed the contract needed to move forward.
California school districts are planning for summer school and for a full return to campuses in the fall, according to data released by the state.
Gov. Newsom, legislative leaders agree to add $1.1 billion to the Local Control Funding Formula but not on who gets priority for the money.
Budget committees' joint plan prioritizes school districts' financial health over more one-time funding. Next step: Talks with Newsom
AB1316 would close numerous schools and displace thousands of students and families throughout California.