Last week, Governor Newsom released the revised California budget for 2022. The May Revise provides $15 million to continue the Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG) in computer science (CS). This is a three-fold increase to its current $5 million funding and we are pleased to see this investment continue to support CS educator professional learning statewide.
This is a good start, but there’s more work to be done — with nearly two-thirds of California high schools lacking computer science courses, ranking 41st nationally.
That’s why CSforCA Co-Director Allison Scott, and Coalition members Art Lopez, high school CS teacher in San Diego, and Susan Bonilla, former California Assemblymember, co-authored an op-ed in EdSource urging the adoption of two key CS education funding requisitions for teacher preparation and professional development. Right now, increased funding is critical to ensuring teachers have the resources to help all students develop the skills they need to thrive in California’s modern economy.