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, English learners and foster and homeless children. 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 changes in funding were tied to major changes in how districts assess students and are held accountable for their success. Districts must outline how they will spend their funds in a Local Control and Accountability Plan. Whether these reforms succeed in improving student outcomes significantly and narrow historically large achievement gaps is now the core issue and challenge in education reform in California.
State education officials are calling on more companies and individuals to donate laptops and WiFi hotspots for students.
Gov. Newsom issued an executive order that makes it easier to provide child care for the children of essential workers.
Says some students "have not checked in at all since March 13 when many of our schools closed."
The governor issued an executive order allowing virtual meetings, as long as the public has access.
County superintendents in Los Angeles and Orange County both recommend closure of schools for remainder of the school year but emphasize schools are still open for learning remotely.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction stresses that school is not actually over, but that emphasis must be on providing education through distance learning.
School districts are consulting with health authorities in setting closure dates, and increasingly are doing so along with all districts in their counties.
Chancellor of 115 community colleges says system has "converted nearly 100 percent of the in-person instruction, the general instruction that leads to an associate degree for transfer to some sort of remote learning platform"
Increasingly school districts say they will stay closed at least until the first week of May
Darling-Hammond says state will double down to support school districts, families and students.
During a webinar viewed by 7,000 people, state officials encourage innovation to provide service and promise cooperation in weeks ahead.
California also will ask the federal government to waive the required standardized tests if and when schools resume session this year.
Rural schools need to overcome tough challenges in providing distance learning, meals and child care to parents who are unable to care for their children.
Over 90 percent of California students are either out of school now or projected to be in the next few days as rural schools also begin to close in larger numbers.
Newsom said he’s not ready to override superintendents in mainly small, rural districts that will remain open.