EdSource asked more than 40 education leaders from across California’s education system to share their thoughts on Gov. Newsom’s sweeping budget proposals, which will set the direction for the state’s education priorities.
What impressed you the most about Gov. Newsom’s budget proposal?
Arun Ramanathan: I’m thrilled the governor is investing more funding in education, and even more thrilled by his leadership in priority-setting. Before LCFF, there was a categorical program for everything. Local control solved that, but it wasn’t intended to remove the governor’s role in leading an education agenda — one reason why our student results in math and English are so poor. We need direction and focus on important levers such as curriculum and instruction. With this budget, the governor appropriately sets priorities in teacher training, improving high-need schools and special education. Now, the administration has the chance to lead in how to achieve those priorities, learning from the best work happening in California and other states.