Statement on Governor’s Proposed Budget Funding to Close Students’ COVID-19 Learning Gaps

Friday, January 8, 2021

SAN DIEGO – (Friday, Jan. 8, 2021) – Today, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) released the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom announced his proposed 2021-22 State Budget includes $4.6 billion to address students' lost learning time as a result of the pandemic:

“Reopening schools will not magically fix the loss of educational opportunities that too many kids have suffered, that’s why we introduced AB 104,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “I am happy to see the Governor has included substantive investments to help resolve these issues with a learning loss grant. This is only the first step. Our students also need positive and engaging programs that support their academic and social-emotional needs, with priority for our most vulnerable students. Any plan must also provide grade recovery options and empower families to help direct their students’ education.”

Last month, Assemblywoman Gonzalez introduced Assembly Bill 104 to put the Legislature on a path to help students who are missing crucial learning time during the COVID-19 crisis. AB 104 will have its first hearing in the Assembly Education Committee later this month.

For questions or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos: samantha.gallegos@asm.ca.gov