State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson thanked Governor Jerry Brown for signing a 2017–18 state budget on Tuesday that increases education funding for K-12 public schools, after-school programs, early education and child care, and teacher recruitment and training by nearly $3 billion.
“The Legislature and Governor clearly showed their strong and ongoing support of high-quality public education in California,” Torlakson said. “When we invest more in our students, we help them succeed on their way to 21st-century careers and college.
“This budget continues the strong growth in what I call the ‘California Way,’ where legislators, the Governor, education groups, the business community, and others are working closely together to keep improving our education system.”
The Legislature approved the budget on June 15, the date required by the State Constitution. Governor Brown’s signature on Tuesday means the new state funding plan starts on July 1.
California has the nation’s largest public school system with more than 6.2 million students at nearly 10,000 public schools.
Overall funding in Proposition 98 — the voter-approved Constitutional guarantee for a minimum level of education funding — will go up to $74.5 billion, nearly $3 billion more than the current budget.
The budget also includes:
More funding for early education and child care, including rate increases for care providers, cost-of-living adjustments, and $8 million to add nearly 3,000 full-day State Preschool slots starting March 2018.
$50 million more for the After School Education and Safety Program. Funding levels had been flat for several years despite increased enrollment and demand for more services. These expanded learning programs serve nearly 500,000 California students at almost 5,000 sites.
$2.5 million for Equity Performance and Improvement Team grants, which the California Department of Education will distribute to help schools, districts, and county offices of education to improve learning for student groups such as English learners, African Americans, foster youth, and others whose test scores, graduation rates, and other measures lag behind statewide averages. Torlakson has strongly supported finding ways to close what is commonly called the “achievement gap.”
Funding for teacher preparation and professional development, including $25 million to help classified school employees such as school nutritionists and safety personnel become teachers; $11 million in grants to increase teacher retention and recruitment, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); and $5 million in professional development for bilingual teachers. Demand for bilingual educators is expected to grow in the 2017–18 school year because California voters last year overwhelmingly approved Proposition 58 to remove outdated barriers to bilingual and multilingual learning.
Castaic Union School District and The Music Center announced Tuesday the upcoming Korean Classical Music & Dance Company performance at Northlake Hills Elementary on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
In front of dozens of their students’ families, with some spilling out into the halls and into the parking lot, the administrators and teachers of SCVi presented their case for renewal to the William S. Hart Union High School District board Wednesday.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Saugus High School, four students sat in crashed cars to simulate the ramifications of drunken driving, during the two-day “Every 15 Minutes” program funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety and organized by the California Highway Patrol.
Inmate visiting will be impacted at Men’s Central Jail through Thursday, November 30 due to several inmates being diagnosed with the mumps virus, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said Thursday.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Tuesday to address the Board and Care crisis throughout the county.
With the holiday season just around the corner, the College of the Canyons School of Visual and Performing Arts, or VAPA, has an exciting lineup of shows that are sure to delight family and friends of all ages well into the next year.
The Women’s Council of Realtors of Santa Clarita Valley invites local residents to help celebrate the installation of its 2020 Board members at the Sand Canyon Country club on Friday, November 22, at 6 p.m.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis that adopts a framework and associated funding to help the county's cities address their individual homelessness challenges.
The Santa Clarita Valley’s top cop, Capt. Robert Lewis, took a moment Tuesday to reflect on a county report showing the SCV Sheriff’s Station received the second-highest number of commendations from the public and tied for third place for receiving the most complaints among Los Angeles County sheriff’s stations, bureaus and divisions.
Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom joined the California Museum, the state's official history museum, in announcing the 13th class of inductees into the California Hall of Fame.
A man identified by deputies as a transient was arrested in Newhall on the weekend on suspicion of attempted arson after allegedly setting magazines and papers on fire and then throwing them in planters.
SAN DIMAS, Calif. — College of the Canyons has won a second consecutive California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regional Championship after a 29-stroke victory at Via Verde Country Club on Monday.
California State University, Northridge physicist Henk Postma and his students were pondering the “what ifs” of their field when they came up with an idea that may make DNA sequencing research much easier. Their concept has landed on the cover of a respected scientific journal.
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