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California Governor Introduces His Budget

Branché Jones

January 11, 2021


California Governor releases budget

On Friday January 8th the Governor released his annual budget proposal and it reflects the impact of COVID on the state. Now that it has been released the legislature will begin to hold hearings in their Budget Subcommittees. In May the Governor will release his May Revision which will reflect changes to his January proposal. The legislature has to pass the final budget by June 15th or they cease to get paid until it is passed. We will continue to provide updates to you throughout the process. Some of the highlights for K-12 include:

  • The Budget provides $85.8 billion in Proposition 98 funding to K-12 schools and community colleges for 2021-2022. When combined with a one-time supplemental allocation of $2.3 billion and the benefit of CalSTRS and CalPERS rates ($1.1 billion) the funding increases to $89.2 billion.
  • $2 billion in one-time funds to encourage schools to offer more on-line instruction during the pandemic. It excludes non-classroom based charter schools.
  • $4.6 billion in one-time funds to address learning loss due to the pandemic.
  • Creating a compounded combined cost-of-living adjustment of 3.84%.
  • Paying off all of the 2019-20 deferrals and $7.3 billion of the 2020-2021 deferrals leaving on ongoing balance of $3.7 billion in 2021-2022.
  • A one-time supplemental payment of $2.3 billion for K-14.
  • Language defining “exclusively in partnership with” to define how charter schools that work with pupils over 19 years of age can continue to receive ADA.

Investing in Educators:

  • $250 million in one-time funds for an Educator Effectiveness Block Grant for staff professional development.
  • $50 million in one-time funds to create statewide resources and provide targeted professional development on social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practices.
  • $8.3 million in one-time funds for the California Early Math Initiative for professional development for teachers working with students in pre-K through third grade.
  • $7 million in one-time funds to the University of California Subject Matter Projects to create high-quality professional development on learning loss.
  • $5 million in one-time funds for professional development on ethnic studies.
  • $225 million to improve the state’s teacher pipeline:
    – $100 million in one-time funds for the Golden State Teacher Grant Program.
    – $100 million in one-time funds to expand the Teacher Residency Program.
    – $25 million in one-time funds to expand the Classified School Employees Credentialing Program.

Special Education:

  • $300 million in ongoing funds for the Special Education Early Intervention Grant.
  • $5 million in one-time funds to establish professional learning networks to increase LEA capacity to access federal Medi-Cal funds and $250,000 for a lead county office of education to provide guidance for Medi-Cal billing within the statewide system of support.
  • $500,000 in one-time funds for a study to examine certification and oversight of non-public school special education placements.

Student Health and Well-Being

  • $264.9 million in one-time funds to enable LEAs to expand existing networks of community schools and establish new community schools.
  • $400 million in one-time funds, available over multiple years, for the Department of Health Care Services to implement an incentive program through Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans.
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