Elisha Smith Arrillaga and other Collaborative Members React to Governor’s Budget Proposal

Elisha Smith Arrillaga
January 2020

With the release of Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal for California’s education system, EdSource asked over 40 education leaders to common on the proposal. Collaborative members Elisha Smith Arrillaga (Executive Director of The Education Trust-West), Ted Lempert (President of Children Now), Arun Ramanathan (CEO at Pivot Learning), and Ryan Smith (Chief External Officer at Partnership for Los Angeles Schools) are among those who weighed in.

Arrillaga, Lempert, Ramanathan, and Smith applaud the governor’s commitment to investing in California’s K-12 education systems, prioritizing teacher training, and embracing education data for innovation and change. Despite the governor’s commitment to education, Arrillaga and Smith call for more resources to eliminate inequities. In particular, Arrillaga argues that college affordability challenges in the state receive insufficient attention in the budget, and Smith highlights the need to target more resources for black and brown students given low performance and growing achieving gaps in reading and mathematics.