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Monday, May 17, 2021

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On the Scene in California

 California Governor Newsome just announced its' May Revised Budget Numbers based on a large Budget Surplus.   We present this courtesy to the team at EdSource & the Governors' Office on what some of the proposals entail:

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spark the higher education aspirations of all families by establishing a $500 college savings account for all current low-income public school students at a cost of $2 billion, and for subsequent incoming 1st graders. The proposal was a surprise piece of his $20 billion, 5-year "transformational" package for preK-12 schools in the May state budget revision that he presented this week.

College savings accounts are not a new concept but they've never been done on this scale. We discuss the merits and specifics with two leaders of Oakland Promise, an organization that has an extensive college savings plan and college readiness programs in place.

Also, we speak with former UC Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. about why he wants to lead Berkeley's Graduate School of Education for the next two years. Edley, a long-time advocate for equitable education, will become the school's interim dean in July, replacing Dean Prudence Carter who is stepping down.

John Fensterwald and Louis Freedberg are the co-hosts. Our guests are:


By Sydney Johnson & John Fensterwald, EdSource

The funding was announced Friday alongside a sweeping set of proposals for K-12 education in California as part of the annual May budget proposal.

By Ashley A. Smith & Larry Gordon, EdSource

The May revision includes $48.7 billion for the state's higher education systems, including restoring funding cuts made last year.

By Carolyn Jones, EdSource

The proposed funding would more than double Newsom's January proposal and provide mental health services for all Californians under age 26.

By Thomas Peele, EdSource

California's community colleges and state university system are deeply involved in training and educating police officers and are making changes a year after George Floyd was murdered.


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