Golden State Teacher Grant Program

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California school districts are experiencing a serious shortage of qualified K–12 teachers.  This increased demand comes at a time when the supply of new teachers hovers at a 12-year low.

This year, I authored Assembly Bill 1623 with Assemblyman O’Donnell to establish the “Golden State Teacher Grant Program,” providing $20,000 in scholarship grants for students in exchange for their commitment to teach for four years in a shortage area – which includes Special Education, Bilingual and STEM certifications.

I’m pleased to announce Governor Newsom provided $89 million in his May Budget Revise for the Golden State Teacher Grant Program that we successfully secured in the adopted 2019-20 State Budget. The final Golden State Teacher Grant Program agreement detail and requirements can be found in Section 58 of Senate Bill 75 as Budget Trailer Bill Language (TBL).

Grant Program Resources and Development

California Student Aid Commission

Media & Releases

Governor signs Golden State Teacher Grant Program

Budget deal takes shape, details to come in trailer bills

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Praises Largest-Ever Support of K–12 Education in Governor Newsom’s Budget Update

Gov. Newsom proposes $90 million in scholarships for new teachers

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