Correcting Learning Loss
In surveys, the median American educator believes students are 3-6 months behind in their studies because of COVID, widening achievement gaps while also intensifying racial and socio-economic inequities. It is vitally important we make up for lost time and take this opportunity to ensure our children's futures are bright.
To that end, I have encouraged school reopening and worked to strengthen our state's independent study programs. Furthermore, in my capacity as Chair of the California Assembly Budget Committee, I fought for our students, parents/guardians, and teachers to give them the resources needed to correct the COVID learning deficit. In addition to several other crucial items, we have funded:
- $1.75 billion for after school and summer school enrichment.
- $557 million for the A-G Completion Grant Program, so more students can fulfill college requirements, adding more classes/access, staff development and financial assistance in covering Advanced Placement fees.
- $550 million to support special education alternative dispute resolution and learning recovery supports for special education students impacted by the pandemic.
- $300 million for the California Pre-Kindergarten Planning and Implementation Grant Program for the professional development of preschool, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten teachers, as they create inclusive classrooms that embrace English language learners, social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, restorative practices, and mitigate implicit biases.
- $4.4 billion dollars over five years for a behavorial health system to support the mental health and emotional needs of our youth up to 25 years old, as they return to schools and everyday life.
Our kids have suffered, missing friends and social actitivies, as well as opportunities and achievement. The children of California must no longer bear the impact of this pandemic, and that is why I am proud to have contributed to solutions.
Assemblymember, 19th District