The new year brought the much anticipated announcement of Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020 budget proposal, and for K-12 education, good news came with it!
Governor Newsom’s proposal builds on his commitment to continue funding computer science education after his initial investment last year, where he announced:
Checkout our breakdown on what Governor Newsom’s most recent budget proposal means for computer science in our state and the work we, at CSforCA, are championing everyday!
The Newsom Administration makes their fight for K-12 computer science education clear. The budget funds the implementation of California’s first set of Computer Science Content Standards for K-12 schools, ensuring that all of California’s young minds have the opportunity to master the computer science skills necessary to lead successful careers in all fields--whether our students go into tech, agriculture, arts, finances, or healthcare, nearly every industry relies on the foundational skills of computer science.
With 50,000 new tech jobs created in California last year, and computing jobs paying twice the median annual wage compared to others, it’s clear that improvements in computer science education cannot wait.
Check out the key line items addressing computer science education in the 2020 proposal below:
The Governor’s budget reflects many of our 2020 policy goals:
Moving forward, CSforCA would like to see greater investment by schools of education to develop a teacher pipeline. It is important that we work to solve the teacher capacity issue, which directly correlates to the success of our students and the opportunities they recieve.
It is important to remember that ensuring equitable computer science education is a marathon, not a sprint. This budget proposal shows that Governor Newsom understands the importance of building a solid infrastructure to offer equitable, sustainable, and scalable high-quality computer science education across California, but our work is not done.If you’d like to learn more click here to see Governor Newsom’s full 2020 Budget Proposal.