Highlights of California’s 2020-2021 Education Budget

The California state legislature recently passed a budget for 2020-2021 and sent it to the governor for signing.

Highlights for social-emotional learning include the following [emphasis added in places]:

  • In lieu of a full Local Control Accountability Plan, by Sept. 30 districts must do a Learning Continuity and Attendance plan describing how they will respond to the impact of the coronavirus on in-school and district learning, learning loss and students’ mental health.
  • $6.3 billion, primarily from federal CARES Act funding to address coronavirus needs and learning loss, must be spent by Dec. 31.
  • K-12 per-student funding will be guaranteed at 2019-2020 rates, before the onset of COVID-19. To be paid, districts must offer a full instructional year (180 days for districts).
  • Increased funding for special education, low-income students, English learners, foster youth, homeless youth, and after-school programs.