January 16, 2021

Newsom proposes $4.6 billion in 2021-22 budget; calls for quick action to reopen TK to 6 schools

Confident of a continued economic recovery from Covid recession, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday presented a record $89.2 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges next year that will provide billions in additional revenue and new spending — plus 3% more for the University of California and the California State University.

The highlight is $4.6 billion for summer school and extra learning time to confront the academic setbacks most students, particularly low-income students and those with limited internet access, have faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The money for extended learning will be available in addition to paying back to schools two-thirds of the $12.5 billion in late payments, called deferrals, that the Legislature adopted to forestall cuts to K-12 and community colleges in the 2020-21 budget.

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