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State Superintendent Issues Statement in Response to Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2021 Education Budget

by ECT

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed education budget for the fiscal year 2021–22:

“At a time when a global pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for our students, families, and educators, the weeks and months ahead represent the most important moment for public education in a lifetime. The investments we choose must help our schools urgently and immediately recover from this crisis and accelerate learning for the students and families hardest hit by a global pandemic that has deepened historic inequities. Our priorities should not only help our schools emerge safely from the impacts of COVID-19, but should immediately double down on our efforts to level the playing field for a generation of students.

“I want to thank Governor Gavin Newsom for proposing a budget that—until our educators, school employees, and communities are vaccinated—addresses main areas of need as public schools consider how to safely resume in-person instruction. Today’s budget proposal also represents a strong start at tackling the growing access and learning gaps experienced most severely among our students of color, low-income households, children with disabilities, and students learning English.

“As the budget process plays out, we think there are opportunities to engage and solicit input from California’s students, families, educators, and partners to explore ways we can do more to begin offsetting learning gaps now, including identifying more academic enrichment opportunities, expanded learning programs and interventions, and family engagement strategies. Greater investments in mental health also will be critical moving forward to address the severe trauma our students have experienced during this crisis, which we know will have a lasting impact on their ability to learn and succeed through the rest of lives.

“We look forward to working with the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, and all educational stakeholders on the details of today’s budget proposal and to strengthen investments in ways that position all of California’s six million students to succeed.”

View the Governor’s entire budget summary (education spending can be found starting on page 57) on the Department of Finance budget web page.


The California Department of Education is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s website. You may also follow Superintendent Thurmond on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Robert C. Jan 9, 2021 - 12:11 pm

It’s pathetic how this publicity hound finds it necessary to issue “responses” to everything: In this case, its a budget put forth by his own boss – the governor. If you have comments to make on the budget, Mr. Thurmond, why don’t you make them directly to Newsom instead of issuing press releases?

Johnny Law Jan 10, 2021 - 9:14 pm

It makes him feel important

Robert C. Jan 11, 2021 - 7:01 am

Can you believe our tax dollars support almost 3000 employees in his bloated bureacracy? (not to mention all the dollars wasted on the “consultants” it is always hiring).

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