An educational system that ensures every student has the chance to succeed is the key to broadening opportunity as well as to providing our state with the skilled, productive workforce necessary to drive long-term economic growth. By analyzing state spending and other policies related to K-12 schools, community colleges, and the state universities, the Budget Center highlights how California can strengthen its most basic investment in the state’s future and improve outcomes for all students, especially those who are disadvantaged.
California’s College Promise: Moving Beyond the Call for Free College for All
The California College Promise, funded in the new state budget, is a program designed to improve outcomes for college students. This post discusses key considerations raised by the program and why it’s important to move beyond the call for “free college for all” to approaches that are targeted to students most in need.
Demand for Cal Grants Among Nontraditional Students Far Exceeds Supply
Competitive Cal Grants help the state’s nontraditional college students pursue higher education. This Fact Sheet shows that the supply of these grants remains inadequate for covering the demand.
What Reaching LCFF Full Implementation Means and Why It Matters
This post discusses the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) — our state’s main system of school funding — and what its “full implementation” would mean for California’s K-12 schools and other stakeholders.