Pension relief, special education funding highlight Gov. Newsom’s budget
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first education budget, which the Legislature passed on Thursday, remains his budget. After negotiations with legislative leaders, Newsom’s spending priorities remain largely intact and signal the directions his administration will take over his first term.
But Newsom also turned to the General Fund to address issues that State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond and others have pressed for: $90 million in tuition fellowships for aspiring teachers who commit to teach subjects with chronic teacher shortages — special education, science and math, and bilingual education — and about $35 million more in training for administrators and teachers.
“We’re glad to see the teacher shortage and building a teacher pipeline addressed,” said Elisha Smith Arrillaga, executive director of Education Trust-West, a nonprofit that focuses on equity for under-served students.