Gov. Newsom’s Budget Includes $900 Million to Address California Teacher Shortage

A Telfair Elementary School first grade teacher works with her students on Feb. 8, 2019, in Pacoima, California. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

A Telfair Elementary School first grade teacher works with her students on Feb. 8, 2019, in Pacoima, California. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget includes $900 million to recruit and retain teachers, part of a plan to attack a critical statewide shortage of instructors, especially in math, sciences and for students with disabilities.

The plan, included in his $222.2-billion budget unveiled Friday in Sacramento, was among a range of education measures that also includes the creation of an early childhood development department, significantly more money to cover the costs of teaching students with disabilities and a funding boost to the school lunch program, a hedge against possible reductions at the federal level.

Overall, permanent funding increases were modest as Newsom relied on one-time spending as a safeguard against potential leaner revenue in future years. Higher education and K-12 schools combine to represent about half the state’s general fund spending.

The final budget must be approved by the Legislature and will be updated in May.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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