How California is responding

The $222.2 billion budget proposal that Newsom unveiled in January includes targeted funding to raise student achievement. Last year, the governor budgeted seed money to build a “cradle to career” longitudinal database that would aim to help educators and academics better understand how and where achievement disparities happen.

Longer term, labor unions, grassroots community groups and education advocates hope to raise more money for K-12 education via a statewide school bond on the March ballot to repair and renovate classrooms. Also, they are promoting a November ballot measure that would modify the state’s Proposition 13 property tax limit to generate more tax revenue from owners of commercial property. The so-called “split-roll” initiative, if it passes, would generate, in its current form, about $1,000 more per student from schools’ share of the tax increase.