California Budget Celebrates Historic Wins for Families & Education

The State of California has approved a $308 billion budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The total funding for schools and community colleges will be an unprecedented $128 billion, plus additional funds for higher education.

PIQE is grateful for these important investments, and for the advocacy of our families and partners to ensure these priorities were included in the budget. While this support will go a long way, we still have much work to do. This year’s budget is a step forward in supporting our families’ ability to thrive.

Some of the key K-12 education investments include:

  • Learning Recovery Emergency Fund
    • $7.9 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges. Funds can be used for tutoring, social-emotional supports, and other strategies to get our students back on track.
  • Expanded Learning Opportunities Program
    • $4 billion for more afterschool and summer enrichment programs for our kids.
  • Golden State Pathways Program
    • $500 million for up to 5 years supporting partnerships between schools, higher education institutions, community organizations and others to advance our students’ career goals.
  • Community Schools
    • $1.1 billion more to bring the holistic resources our families need right at their school campus.
  • Universal School Meals
    • California will become the first state in the nation to implement a statewide Universal Meals Program. This will ensure all our kids are healthy and ready to learn.

To learn more about how California’s education funding will be allocated, visit EdSource’s article here.

For a complete breakdown of the California Budget, including information on tax credits, healthcare, childcare and more, visit the California Budget & Policy Center’s report here.