Fortunately, the numbers we provided you earlier today (just prior to the official release of the May Revision) turned out to be pretty accurate, and this remains an excellent proposed budget for schools. We are adding some political context for you to consider, and providing additional details on the numbers.
2015-16 May Revision - (The K-12 Education section begins on page 13) There is spectacularly good budget for schools in the Governor’s May Revision. Remember that what is proposed in the May Revision are changes to the Governor’s January budget proposal. It appears, at least at this moment, that there aren’t the
Two new members participated in the State Board of Education meeting this week – the Governor appointed Feliza Ortiz-Lincon, senior director of K-16 education at the National Council of La Raza, and Ting Lan Sun, executive director at the Natomas Charter School and the co-chair of the Public Schools Accountability
On Wednesday, the Assembly Education Committee considered more than 30 bills including some of the teacher evaluation proposals and school facilities bond measures. Teacher Measures Fail - Yesterday the Assembly Education Committee heard four bills related to teacher evaluation, seniority and probationary/permanent status. Taking a page out of the anti-vaccination folks
Both the Senate and Assembly Education Committee hearings yesterday displayed a level of political intrigue usually reserved for second-house hearings, where one house considers bills authored by members from the other house. But fireworks were aplenty between Senate and Assembly colleagues yesterday. In the Senate Education Committee yesterday, it was remarkable that none
Last week, the Assembly Education Committee passed a number of bills, including measures to create a new teacher evaluation system and expand Forster Youth Services. Teacher Evaluation - After lengthy testimony and debate, the committee passed AB 575, authored by the committee chair, Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins
Vaccine Bill Update - Is expected to be a make it or break it moment for the vaccination bill (SB 277, Pan). The Senate Education Committee is expected to consider several amendments intended to resolve issues that prevented the bill from moving out of committee last week. The bill stalled
The Assembly Education Committee took action last week on a number of bills. Some of the highlights include the following: Bipartisan Support for Another Round of Common Core Funds - The committee unanimously passed AB 631 (Bonilla), which would provide $1 billion in 2015-16 for schools to implement Common Core and
Last week’s Senate Education Committee was interesting for one main reason, Senators voted to advance legislation directly in conflict with the Governor’s priorities related to two major education issues: a 2016 state school facilities bond and career technical education (CTE). School Bond Bill Advances - Democrats on the committee voted to
This past Wednesday (March 25) was the first Assembly Education Committee hearing for the new chair, Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach). The committee continues to be smaller than in the past with only seven members (five Democrats, two Republicans). In prior years there have been up to 13 members.