Budget Victory: The Age of Newsom Begins in State Education

Governor Gavin Newsom’s first education budget passed in the legislature last week.  The budget reflects a Prop. 98-mandated minimum increase, district relief for pension obligation paydown, investments in early learning, funds for special education, and facilities funding for districts expanding to full-day kindergarten. The article identifies that one area in which the budget is out of step with average Californians is college affordability, citing a PACE policy brief by Cecilia Rios-Aguilar and colleagues. In the 2019 PACE/USC Rossier Poll, voters in California voters ranked the costliness of attending college as the second most important education concern after gun violence in schools. But the budget includes only a modest uptick in Competitive Cal Grants to 41,000—a fraction of the over 340,000 students eligible for the grant in 2017-18.

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