As schools are fully open for the new school year, new data shows expanded educational opportunities for students

The vast majority of school districts have used state investments to expand mental health services, after-school programs and tutoring for the new school year

New student supports for academic and mental well-being laid the groundwork for transforming public schools using California’s historic $ 123.9 billion TK-12 budget

SACRAMENTO – California has released new data reflecting the early results of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s historic investments in education. As schools fully open for the new school year, school districts across the state have expanded their services to meet the needs of returning students: 98 percent of school districts report expanding educational opportunities, including mental health, extracurricular and academic supports. Specifically:

  • 95 percent of school districts report expanding mental health and wellness services
  • 73 percent of school districts report expanding after-school programs
  • 83 percent of school districts report expanding learning acceleration programs (e.g., high dose tutoring)

The new Statewide Extended Education Opportunities dashboard provides the latest statewide snapshot:

Additionally, the new Expanded School District Opportunities Map provides region-specific data for parents, families, and other community members to see if their schools offer additional school and mental health services:

map of extended school possibilities

Throughout the winter, the governor has championed urgent action to provide funding to schools to accelerate the reopening of schools in the 2020-21 school year and expand support to students for the summer and school year 2021-22. AB 86 was enacted on March 5, 2021, with $ 4.6 billion (out of $ 6.6 billion in total funding) dedicated to expanding student supports. The schools used these early funds to expand educational opportunities for the summer and the upcoming school year. According to summer data, 89 percent of school districts report offering new learning opportunities during the summer, including accelerating learning (e.g., high-dose tutoring), enrichment and mental health services.

Building on this funding, the governor championed a landmark $ 123.9 billion K-12 education program that represents a transformation of our public schools over the next several years. Here are some of the highlights of how investments in AB 86 meet the immediate needs of students, and lay the groundwork for the governor’s historic budget for education:


School year 2021-22

Longer-term transformation

Support the whole child

AB 86 funds the “provision of health, counseling or mental health services, access to school meal programs,. . . , or programs to address student trauma and socio-emotional learning, or referrals for support for family or student needs. ”

About. 95 percent of responding school districts report “expanding mental health and wellness services” this school year.

$ 4.3 billion to transform the youth behavioral health system, focusing on early identification of trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc.

$ 3 billion to create thousands of full-service community schools.

$ 650 million in permanent funds for universal free school nutrition.

Increase learning time

AB 86 finances to “extend the time of pedagogical learning”, “to provide[e] summer school or intersessional education programs, and provide access to before and after school programs.

About. 88 percent of responding school districts reported offering summer courses, enrichment programs, etc.

About. 83 percent of responding school districts report “expanding after-school programs” this school year.

$ 1.8 billion, rising to $ 5 billion continuous by 2025, to reach universal access in the summer and after school programs.

universal traditional knowledge for all four-year-olds by 2025, adding an additional year of public education.

– $ 300 million for the pre-K teacher pipeline.

– $ 490 million to build and renovate preschool, transitional kindergarten and public kindergarten facilities.

Improve the quality of learning time

AB 86 funds for “[t]utoring or other one-on-one or small group learning materials “,”[l]earnings recovery programs and materials designed to accelerate students’ academic skills “,”[s]aids for credit deficient students to complete graduation or grade promotion, ” etc.

About. 74 percent of responding school districts report “expanding learning acceleration programs” including “high dose tutoring”.

$ 1.1 billion in permanent funds to hire very poor schools up to five teachers, para-educators, additional counselors, etc.

$ 2.9 billion to expand the teacher pipeline and match well-prepared teachers with vulnerable students, such as $ 250 million to attract board-certified expert teachers to high-need schools.

$ 1.5 billion to improve special education.


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