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State Budget Details Plans for IT Innovation, Staffing

California’s new state budget supports significant technology initiatives in lower education.

A classroom full of young students raising their hands.
The state department charged with administering public education will use funding from the newly enacted state budget to do just that.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $308 billion 2022-2023 Fiscal Year state budget provides what the administration called a “historic” $170 billion to continue “our transformation of education in California.” Covering what the Governor’s Office called “pre-K-16” education (extending into college), that includes $7.9 billion for learning recovery and more money for higher education; $2 billion for affordable student housing in addition to $2 billion last year; and $3.5 billion for arts, music and related programs.

Detail on California’s enacted 2023-2024 budget reveals that the Legislature and governor approved total funding of $128.6 billion for K-12 education including $78.6 billion from the General Fund and $50 billion from other funds. At the California Department of Education, some of that will undoubtedly bolster work by its Equity and Information and Technology branches — and assist it in furthering the major goal of “providing statewide leadership that promotes effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning.” Among the takeaways:

  • A funding source isn’t listed, but there are nine positions shown this fiscal year for Cradle-to-Career Data System Support. That is to pay for three education research and evaluation consultants; one each of an associate governmental program analyst; an educational research and evaluation administrator I; an IT associate, a manager I and a specialist I; and a research data specialist II. The system received $200,000 from the General Fund in FY 2021-2022 for “planning funds.”
  • There’s $575,000 from “Other Funds” for a Child Nutrition Technology Innovation Grant (TIG).
  • There’s $350,000 from the General Fund to pay for “Early Education Information Technology Business Analysts Augmentation,” specifically for two positions. This comes in the area of Workload Budget Adjustments/Workload Budget Change Proposals for this fiscal year.
  • In the area of “Early Education Information Technology (IT) Business Analysts Augmentation,” CDE earmarks $223,000 in FY 2023-2024 to fill two information technology specialist I positions.
  • There’s $106,000 from “Other Funds” to adjust funding for the “Clearinghouse for Specialized Media and Technology Warehouse.”
  • In the area of “Establishment of Staff and Resources to Support California State Preschool Program Policy and Guidance Updates,” there’s $76,000 for a research data analyst II.
  • It’s not funded in this fiscal year, but CDE continues to make use of $192,000 from “Other Funds” in FY 2021-2022 for “TIG Funding for Updates to the Food Distribution Program.”
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.