Governor Gavin Newsom signed a historic education package

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Arcata, Calif. (KIEM)-Last week Governor Gavin Newsom signed a historic education package of nearly 124 billion dollars that will be going toward California public schools. 

The governor plans to support California students by offering more pre-school, expanding afterschool and summer school programs, universal free lunch, and having enough staff at schools to meet the staff-to-student ratio.

“ to add some increased social-emotional support we’ve added an additional school psychologist, a family services coordinator that’s gonna work in our family and resource center,” said Luke Biesecker.

The money is also going to be used to address a couple of issues that have been a concern for a long time.

“Read intervention teacher,  additional paraprofessionals work at a time in the classrooms and especially for the younger grades that didn’t maintain small class sizes so students are getting more individualized supports,” said Luke Biesecker.

They also plan to add family coordinators to help connect families with the different needs they might have after coming out of a pandemic and distance learning. The money should be available this upcoming school year.