Governor Proposes Stipends for Teachers

Governor Proposes Stipends for Teachers


California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-21 budget proposal places an aggressive focus on education. Part of his focus on education is aimed at teachers, particularly those assigned to the state’s lowest performing schools. “It’s incredibly important that we have a diverse teaching workforce,” Gov. Newsom said. “Not only have stable, prepared, professional teachers, but also having a teacher that looks like you. That’s incredibly important, particularly when it comes to African-American achievement.”  To this end the governor is prepared to put the state’s money where he believes the focus should be and that includes working to improve the teacher workforce serving students at these schools. To this end the governor’s budget proposal includes a $20,000 stipend for teachers working in such schools for the next four years. The proposed stipend would be annual and will cost taxpayers about $100 million dollars in the coming fiscal year.  It should not be surprising that most of these low performing schools are in high poverty areas with high concentrations of minority students.  The proposed teacher stipend is one among hundreds of millions of dollars included in the governor’s budget focused on teachers. It includes nearly $900 million focused on teacher training, professional development and residency programs in addition to educator service rewards.  Newsom’s 2020-21 budget reflects California’s largest per pupil expenditure in history according to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. In praising the governor’s budget Thurmond noted, “Over the last year, my team and I have been collaborating with educational partners, including teachers and administrators all over the state, through my 13 workgroups, to establish and validate the areas of focus and priority initiatives for the California Department of Education.”  Thurmond continued, “Governor Newsom and his team have produced a budget that is comprehensive, aligns with our goals to ensure equitable education for all students, and allows us to focus on helping our most vulnerable students in underserved communities. The Governor mentioned that students should have teachers that look more like them, and we couldn’t agree more.”

Header Photo: Gov. Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

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