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California Announced as Winner of National Award for Educational Innovation

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“No state is doing more to improve educational equity for students who need it most than California today.”

Sacramento – Today, the U.S. Board of Education announced the state of California as a recipient of the 2022 State Innovation Frank Newman Award for its improvements in educating all students and reducing inequalities.

“California is transforming education from pre-kindergarten to college and beyond, empowering students and families with more support, choice and opportunity,” Newsom said. , state government partners, educators, staff, administrators, and local leaders for the tremendous effort put into this transformation by leaders across the state, and the recipients here are California children and parents of

According to the commission, the state of California recognizes the award as “a coordinated approach to educating all students from preschool through postsecondary, a clear attention to support and services for the whole child, and equity in education.” “Historic financial investment to ensure sustainability”. Here’s what else the committee had to say about California’s performance.

  • “Over the past two years, the state has approved a continual increase in school funding. More Teachers, Counselors, Associate Professionals and Other Providers of Student Support on campus. The budget also includes a large investment in Scale up summer, preschool and afterschool programming; thousands of schools Full-service community school With wraparound support. Also, starting this year, All public school students started receiving two free meals a day, regardless of family income status. ”
  • “State investments are not limited to K-12. They span both ends of the educational continuum, early learning and higher education. Universal pre-K for all 4 year olds We are already expanding our popular Cal Grant scholarship program through 2025, and 100,000 community college students last year.Leaders also allocated funds to build affordable student housing $115 million to expand zero-cost textbooks and open educational resources.
  • “California demonstrates a purposeful and comprehensive investment in funds and other resources that recognizes and honors not just education, but a whole-child approach to education.”

Since his inauguration, Governor Newsom has made public education a priority, most recently proposing more than $128 billion in funding for California schools, or $22,850 per student, the highest level in the state’s history. This is up from his $97 billion when he took office, or his $16,350 per student. In addition, the last enacted budget included funds totaling over $47 billion for higher education.

Major investments include, but are not limited to:

  • Universal Kindergarten: Children in California, regardless of family income or immigration status, have access to a vital, quality education by the age of four. This effectively adds a new grade to her traditional K-12 system. Additional funding was provided to build facilities and reduce the adult-to-student ratio in half (1:12), with full implementation expected by 2025.
  • Universal extended day learning: By 2025, all primary school children will have access to pre-school and after-school programs, as well as summer learning opportunities. Schools with the highest concentrations of vulnerable students will be prioritized for expedited implementation.
  • Universal free meals: All students, regardless of income or family situation, have the option of two free, nutritious meals a day, so they don’t have to go hungry to learn.
  • Community School: Thousands of schools will be transformed into hubs that meet the needs of students and families, including mental health services, support for basic needs such as food pantries, wraparound social services, and improved family engagement.
  • Youth Behavioral Health: Adolescents ages 0-25 have access to a one-stop online hub and a revamped Youth Behavioral Health System that has invested billions of dollars to integrate mental health services and schools.
  • College Savings Account: All low-income public school students have an account opened in their name with a seed deposit of $500 to $1,500. This fosters college-going mindsets, builds generational wealth, promotes college affordability, and develops financial literacy.
  • Tuition-Free Community Colleges: First-time full-time students can attend a community college for two years tuition-free. High school students are also encouraged and supported to dual-enroll in community colleges.
  • After secondary compression: UC, CSU, and community colleges are reinvesting billions of dollars in higher education over five years to create seats for tens of thousands of students, close the equity gap at graduation, and close debt. Create a path that does not exist and help students get enrolled. For important areas such as climate, education and medicine.
  • Non-Tuition Fees: Access to affordable student housing will be extended to thousands of students, and more courses will use open source or other zero textbook cost options.
  • Community Empowerment: Implementation will be coordinated and amplified by regional structures, such as partners working through K-16 Collaboratives and the Community Economic Resilience Fund, to ensure regional empowerment and collaboration across historic silos.
  • Data and transparency: Innovative policies are underpinned by the nation’s leading cradle-to-carrier data system. This provides parents, policy makers, and practitioners with transparency about how students are served and can be better served.