Newsom’s May Revise Includes $15 Billion for K-12, Universal Pre-K, and Student Savings Accounts
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed the highest level of education funding in state history as part of what he calls The California Comeback Plan. Newsom formally introduced his $15 billion K-12 education investments as part of his $267-billion “May Revise” budget on Friday.
These are the key aspects of the proposal, per a press release:
TRANSFORMING PUBLIC SCHOOLS INTO GATEWAYS OF EQUITY AND OPPORTUNITY
● $3 billion to convert thousands of school sites into full-service community schools, with wraparound mental health, social and family services — the kind of complete campus every parent would want for their child.
● $4 billion over five years to transform the youth behavioral health system (ages 0-25) to identify and treat behavioral health needs early, including trauma, depression, anxiety, psychological disorders and substance use.
● $2.6 billion to accelerate learning through research-tested interventions, such as high-dose tutoring, building on the $4.6 billion made available in March.
● $1 billion for summer and after-school programs at all schools serving the highest concentrations of vulnerable students, growing to $5 billion by 2025.
● $3.3 billion to match well-prepared teachers with the most vulnerable students, including $500 million in grants for teachers who commit to high-need schools and $250 million to attract more teachers to high-poverty schools.
● $1.1 billion to improve staff-to-student ratios at all schools serving the highest concentrations of vulnerable students, including up to five additional counselors, nurses, teachers or paraeducators at each school.
FINALLY ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRE-K
● Universal transitional kindergarten by 2024, phasing in access for four-year-olds growing to $2.7 billion in 2024-25.
● Reducing class sizes, cutting adult-to-child ratios in half with an investment growing to $740 million by 2024-25.
● Expanding subsidized child care slots by 100,000 to address immediate needs.
SAVINGS ACCOUNTS FOR 3.7 MILLION KIDS
● $2 billion to create savings accounts for students enrolled in K-12 public schools, including a $500 base deposit for students from low-income families, English learners and foster youth, and a $500 supplemental deposit for foster and homeless youth.
● $170 million ongoing annual funding for incoming first-graders who fit the same criteria.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond lauded the blueprint. He reserved special praise for its emphasis on the social-emotional wellbeing of students.
“As we come out of this difficult circumstance, we are capturing the moment to make the investments that propel us forward to support the needs of our students and, at the same time, to reimagine how we approach education. We must look at all the things that didn't work for our students and families before and take that knowledge to support them going forward,” Thurmond said.