California Educator

February/March 2021

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Compiled by Julian Peeples Quotes & Numbers 41,811 COVID-19 deaths in California as of Feb. 3, with 3,281,271 cases, according to the California Department of Public Health. $85.8 billion Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed Prop. 98 education funding for 2021-22, the highest ever. (See page 38 for story.) $175 billion Proposed funding for President Biden's plan to provide school districts nationwide with the resources they need to physically reopen safely — including $130 billion for K-12 and $35 billion for higher ed. 25 States, including California, where some educators are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine as of Feb. 1, according to Education Week. 88% Percentage of students who said they trust their educators to teach in ways that will help them grow, in a recent NEA/PTA joint research study. The same percentage believe their generation has the power to change the country. "President Biden and Vice President Harris are poised to govern with heart and truth, purpose and resolve. These values are the welcome change our country needs." —CTA President E. Toby Boyd on Inauguration Day 2021. "I am honored to serve alongside @teachcardona (Miguel Cardona, nominee for U.S. secretary of education) to restore our education system — putting teachers, students and parents first. Work Hard. Be Kind. Dream Big. Let's do this!" —Cindy Marten, San Diego Unified superintendent and nominee for U.S. deputy secretary of education. "Let this be a year of illumination, of switches flipped in long-empty classrooms and office buildings, of candles burning at overcrowded dinner tables, of fireworks painting the sky in celebration. In this dark beginning, we reach toward the light." —Jill Biden, first lady of the United States and NEA member, in her prayer for the new year. "I want to thank Governor Gavin Newsom for proposing a budget that — until our educators, school employees and communities are vaccinated — addresses main areas of need as public schools consider how to safely resume in-person instruction." —Tony Thurmond, superintendent of public instruction, in response to the governor 's record education budget proposal. 16 In the Know

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