Significant Victories

October 8, 2019 - por

5) California: Capital & Main’s Bill Raden reports on “significant wins last week when [Gov. Gavin Newsom (D)]’s first education budget sailed through the legislature mostly intact. A minimum increase, mandated by Prop. 98, will bump funding for K-12 and community colleges by $2.9 billion, to $81.1 billion in 2019–20. The best news for the Golden State’s chronically cash-strapped school districts may be the estimated $850 million freed up over the next two years by the $3.15 billion pension obligation paydown Newsom unveiled in January.” However, Raden notes, “still pending in a follow-up budget bill is language that would limit the ability of charter schools to cherry-pick enrollment, by banning the requirement of student academic records for admissions and outlawing the ‘counseling out’ of low-achievers and students with learning disabilities.”