Before my time in the Assembly, I worked in early childhood education. I saw first-hand the impact educating young kids had on their health, their families, and their futures.
Then the recession hit, and funding for early childhood education dried up. K-12 and higher education funding was slashed.
I went to Sacramento to lobby lawmakers to get that funding back, so our children wouldn’t be left behind.
When that didn’t work, I decided to run for office.
I’m proud to say we’ve made huge strides when it comes to supporting education in California.
In the state’s 2019-2020 budget, California is:
- Making its highest-ever investment in K-14 classes.
- Spending $90 million dollars to recruit, retain and re-train qualified teachers.
- Increasing funding for special education by nearly 20%.
- Freezing tuition hikes at California universities, and opening up space for more students.
- Offering two years of free community college for first-time students.
These investments prove that for California, education is more than a top priority.
It’s a right for everyone who calls California home.
In this edition of the R-Guide, we’ll introduce you to local schools, educators and nonprofits that are helping strengthen and expand education in Southeast LA.