California public education is stronger today than it has been in years and we applaud the governor for his fiscal growth mindset that will position our students to be leaders of our next generations.
Gov. Newsom’s first May budget revision has included important investments at all level of education, including students, teachers and administrators.
We applaud the governor for dedicating nearly $700 million in ongoing funding for special education, an increase of almost $120 million from his January proposal. We also believe the $44.8 million in teacher and para-educator professional development to build capacity around inclusive practices, social emotional learning, technology and restorative practices shows a strong commitment to equity for students statewide.
ACSA has pushed for administrator professional development opportunities and we appreciate the governor acknowledging the need through $13.9 million of dedicated dollars.
Only recently has the state returned to pre-recession per-pupil funding levels, but the governor, lawmakers and education stakeholders have a responsibility to create opportunities that pull California out of the bottom ten in per-pupil funding.
As we work with lawmakers through the budget process, we will push to solidify full and fair funding for public education through voter-approved legislation that will provide our students with the ongoing resources they need to be college and career ready.