Weekly roundup: Takeaways from the governor’s proposed budget, updated guidance for K-12 schools, and more

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Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday unveiled his preliminary spending plan for 2022-23, a $286.4 billion budget proposal that would once again increase funding for public health, schools, community colleges and economic relief.

The proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 builds on last year’s plan, which the state says is the largest recovery package in the nation. The latest budget proposal was broken down into five key areas: the pandemic, climate change, homelessness, cost of living and public safety.

A recent EdSource article helps break down the governor’s new spending plan and proposed funding for public education. A few highlights include:

  • K-12 schools and community colleges will have $24 billion more to spend in 2022-23, with two-thirds coming from a one-time surplus from 2021-22 revenues.
  • An additional $8.2 billion will be ongoing funding through Proposition 98, the highest Proposition 98 investment in California history.
  • Per-student funding under Proposition 98 would be $15,261.

It is important to keep in mind that this budget is just a proposal. The plans still need to be discussed in the legislature and a revision to the budget will be presented in May.

And here are some of the other stories we’re following this week.

  • Academic event season is upon us, and the OCDE Newsroom has posted a rundown of some of the standards-based contests and events that OCDE will have a hand in from now through June.
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom this week signed an executive order aimed at giving schools more flexibility when it comes to short-term staffing for in-person learning.

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