Gov. Gavin Newsom’s education budget ignores fundamental problems

In Politics by Michael Rae

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently released his 2024-2025 budget proposal, which included $76.2 billion in state general fund revenue for K-12 public schools. Facing what he claims is a projected $37.9 billion budget deficit in the state general fund—an optimistic estimate—Newsom’s administration confronted some tough choices on where to trim spending to balance the state budget, such as whether to stick to previous commitments to expanding community schools and transitional kindergarten.

Unfortunately, instead of finding ways to improve efficiency, address declining enrollment and reduce spending on K-12 education, which is the state’s single-largest budget item and accounts for more than one-third