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California 2020 State Budget Update: Even more good news for computer science education and teachers

March 10, 2020
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Last month we shared some key computer science education announcements in Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020 state budget. Well, there’s even more good news for  K-12 computer science education. 

At CSforCA we’re grateful to have a Governor who understands that building the necessary infrastructure for high quality, equitable, and sustainable computer science education, begins with supporting teachers. In order to give students high quality learning experiences, we need to give our teachers this same opportunity. 

The Governor’s budget is a big step in the right direction, supporting equity in education and working to ensure that we have high quality computer science learning opportunities for California’s teachers. 

Check out some of the key line items addressing computer science education in the 2020 proposal below:

Educator Workforce Investment Grants

$350 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund to augment the funding provided in the 2019 Budget Act for the Educator Workforce Investment Grants, which support competitive grants for professional learning opportunities for teachers and paraprofessionals across the state.

$100 million for professional development and professional learning opportunities in computer science, science, technology, engineering, and math.

This new round of funding will be provided through a competitive process to local educational agencies to conduct training in the following high-need areas:

  • special education, including inclusive practices, universal design for learning, and dyslexia identification;
  • multi-tiered systems of support and mental health interventions;
  • supporting English language learners;
  • social-emotional learning and restorative practices; 
  • non-discrimination, anti-bullying, and affirmative supports for LGBTQ and other marginalized students; and 
  • computer science and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Workforce Development Grant Program

To address workforce shortages in high-need subjects and areas, including STEM. $193 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund for the Workforce Development Grant Program.

California Teacher Credential Award Program

$100 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund for the California Teacher Credential Award Program for $20,000 stipends for fully credentialed teachers who complete four years of teaching service in a high-need subject at a high-need school.

Read more about the Governor’s budget and what it means for computer science education and our work at CSforCA.

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