Historic State Budget Sent to Governor

California will spend a record $93.7 billion from its general fund on education this year under the 2021-22 budget bill passed by the Legislature.

The jam-packed blueprint - passed after weeks of negotiation - includes big items that have been discussed for months, sometimes years. These include:

  • Expanded child care
  • Expanded summer school
  • Universal TK, phased in
  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students beginning in 2022-23 (a national first)
  • $1.1 billion in funds for high concentration districts
  • A $656-million increase in special education spending
  • $2.8 billion to help school districts recruit, retain, and train teachers
  • $500 college savings accounts for every low-income California student in grades 1-12
  • $173 million for the University of California, $186 million for the California State University, and $371 million for community colleges
  • The largest single-year spending to increase California student enrollment at UC campuses
  • $31 million in reimbursements for UC schools to begin a five-year process of reducing the number of out-of-state and international students at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego

“Californians have reason to celebrate the state’s historic budget surplus and the significant increases in funding for public education, from early learning and care to K-12 to higher education. But more impressive than its size is this budget’s potential to tackle long-standing equity issues that have long left too many students of color and students from low-income communities on the margins,” Christopher Nellum, interim executive director of the nonprofit Education Trust-West, told EdSource. “By allocating resources where they are needed most, California will be equipped to not only to rebuild from a devastating pandemic, but re-imagine its schools.” 

Read more at EdSource and CalMatters