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As businesses hunt for educated workers, states are loosening the purse strings for higher ed again

Thirty-eight governors raised the topic of higher education spending during their state-of-the-state addresses, an analysis by the National Governors Association found. Collectively, they called for increasing it by billions of dollars over the next five years.

May 13, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Billions more for California schools, colleges under Newsom's revised budget

With state revenues continuing to defy projections, schools and community colleges would receive a record $128 billion in funding in 2022-23 under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised state budget, which he presented on Friday.

May 13, 2022 | EdSource
Newsom reaffirms commitment to annual increases for UC, CSU; imposes annual progress reports

Calling the investments a “game-changer” for California’s public universities, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday reaffirmed his pledge to give annual budget increases of 5% to the University of California and California State University systems over the next five years.

May 13, 2022 | EdSource
Why states and districts are struggling with ARP’s maintenance of equity

Different local accounting approaches and delays in actual spending figures have made implementation difficult, education experts say.

May 13, 2022 | K-12 Dive
California set to launch hundreds of community schools with $635 million in grants

Next week, California will jumpstart a seven-year initiative to convert potentially thousands of schools into full-service, parent-focused community schools. Approved a year ago by the Legislature, the $3 billion California Community Schools Partnership Program will be the nation’s most ambitious effort to create schools serving the multidimensional health and learning needs of children.

May 12, 2022 | EdSource
Growing careers in a Milwaukee urban garden

In densely populated areas, urban gardens have historically been a way to preserve green space and contribute to environmentally friendly goals like reducing the carbon footprints of food production and distribution. But for a program in highly-segregated Milwaukee, a nonprofit urban garden is growing careers and life skills.

May 12, 2022 | WorkingNation
Are four-year colleges worth the cost? More Californians question the value of a degree

Three in four state residents say a four-year college degree is valuable, but many are skeptical about whether higher education will payoff with better opportunities and economic success, according to a new statewide poll.

May 12, 2022 | Sacramento Bee
California parents dream of college while dreading the cost, survey shows

The majority of California parents want their children to get a college degree, even as they worry about the rising cost of college, according to a new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California.

May 11, 2022 | EdSource
The future of the state’s public education system is questioned in a new report

Part of the California 100 initiative, administered by the Goldman School of Public Policy, a new report finds that long-term structural challenges in the state’s finance system, combined with flaws in education governance, threaten the long-term outlook of public education.

May 11, 2022 | EdSource