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Gov. Newsom highlights 'transformative education package' for California's public schools

In the press release, Newsom announced a $123.9 billion investment to reduce barriers and increase opportunities as students return to the classroom.
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FILE - In this June 3, 2021, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom listens to questions during a news conference in San Francisco. Democrats in the state Legislature are trying to alter the state's recall laws in a move that would allow Newsom's election to be held earlier. They are expected to debate the proposal Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

NAPA COUNTY, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced "transformative education package" for California's public schools. 

According to the press release, Newsom visited an elementary school in Napa County to sign AB 130 "his $123.9 billion Pre-K and K-12 education package that was developed through strong collaboration with the Legislature, providing an unprecedented level of school and student funding to transform the state's public schools into gateways of equity and opportunity."

The governor's plan includes a path to achieve universal transitional kindergarten by 2025, expanding afterschool and summer programs, universal free lunch, and creating a better support system for students' mental and social-emotional well being.

"With these investments, we are creating an educational system that supports students from the moment they enter the classroom," Newsom said in the press release. 

Earlier Friday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines by saying vaccinated teachers and students don't need to wear masks inside school buildings.

The changes come amid a national vaccination campaign in which children as young as 12 are eligible to get shots, as well as a general decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.

“We're at a new point in the pandemic that we're all really excited about, and so it's time to update the guidance," said Erin Sauber-Schatz, who leads the CDC task force that prepares recommendations designed to keep Americans safe from COVID-19.

The nation's top public health agency is not advising schools to require shots for teachers and vaccine-eligible kids. It's also not offering guidance on how teachers can know which students are vaccinated or how parents will know which teachers are immunized.

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