Gov. Jerry Brown this week put his signature on a $183 billion budget that increases funding for K-12 schools, after-school programs, early education, child care and teacher recruitment.
In fact, the spending plan, which kicks in on July 1, raises education allocations to $74.5 billion, which is about $3 billion more than was earmarked for 2016-17, according to the California Department of Education.
“The Legislature and Governor clearly showed their strong and ongoing support of high-quality public education in California,” State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said in a news release. “When we invest more in our students, we help them succeed on their way to 21st-century careers and college.”
EdSource has more details on the budget and its impact on education in this story by reporter Theresa Harrington.
And here’s the rest of our weekly roundup:
- CHOC Children’s hosted its 16th annual oncology prom over the weekend, offering an unforgettable experience for young cancer patients who might not have been able to attend their own high school proms.
- The Anaheim Union High School District has altered its inter-district transfer policy, resulting in an uptick in appeals to the Orange County Board of Education.
- Transitional kindergarten courses give students a leg up in reading and math, according to a new study by the American Institutes for Research.
- A pair of students from OCDE’s alternative education program were winners in a competition modeled after the ABC show “Shark Tank.”
- Just in time for summer, the California Department of Education has expanded its searchable list of recommended books for children and teens.
- A number of summer food programs are available to help bridge the gap for families who rely on free and low-cost meals during the school year.
- The pool at Esperanza High in Anaheim was targeted by vandals who also damaged aquatics equipment, and now campus officials are scrambling to prepare for a national swimming competition.
For more education news stories, visit news.ocde.us.