The California public education system is placing mental health and equitable learning initiatives at the top of its priority list after receiving a record $128.3 billion in funding under the state budget.
“California public schools will see a much-needed infusion of investments at a time when students and schools, especially those that have been traditionally underserved, require more support than ever before,” wrote Tony Thurmond, state superintendent of schools, in a news release.
The windfall for the state school system comes at a pivotal moment for education officials. Sinking student enrollment and teacher retention rates fell to critical lows during the COVID-19 pandemic, which ravaged an already lagging public education system. The new funds, education officials hope, will reinvigorate schools by targeting investment on the state’s most vulnerable student populations.
(Photo of Gov. Newsom by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)