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Education Funders Group: California’s State Budget and its Impact on K-12 School Funding

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am PST
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SCG’s Education Funders Group invites you to join us for a deep dive into California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget. We will explore how the budget would affect K-12 school funding and the opportunities to support extended learning based on best practices. We will also hear updates from the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Learning Acceleration Task Force, which meets regularly with district superintendents to identify challenges as they prepare to reopen. Finally, as we approach a year since COVID-19 closed the physical campus of most schools and community centers, we will focus on learnings from 2020 regarding the work of community-based organizations and schools to respond, and how philanthropy can support their efforts, including their plans for the summer and the next school year. 

The Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together quarterly to learn about issues, trends, and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Over the years, the group has explored a variety of topics, including early childhood education, after-school programming, parent engagement, blended learning, linked learning, STEM, implementation of the common core, and college access/college success.



Susan Kagehiro

Director of Programs, Stuart Foundation

Susan has spent most of her career within or in partnership with school districts. Most recently, she helped develop DIAL EE, an early education initiative of the CDE Foundation that supports the testing and adaptation of innovative practices that strengthens student learning and builds coherence across the PK – 12 school system. She also spent 15 years working in various capacities with the San Francisco Unified School Districts (SFUSD) starting from helping coordinate joint youth development and support programs between the City of San Francisco and SFUSD to serving in the Superintendent’s Office across three superintendents’ tenures. In addition, she served as the Education Program Officer for the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, a family foundation based in San Francisco and worked in social policy research at Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation and MPR Associates on evaluations that included a high school career academy demonstration project and implementation of an innovative mental health-focused unemployment support program.



John Garcia III, Ed.L.D 

President, Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation

Dr. John Garcia III is currently President of the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation. Previously, he was the Senior Program Officer for Education at the California Community Foundation.  John has served as a consultant for the National Governors Association, Jobs for the Future and the Southern Regional Education Board. He was also a policy analyst for the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics and a resident fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. John began his career in education as a school counselor after working for Intel Corporation and Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founded the Arizona College Access Network at the Arizona Commission for Post-secondary Education.  

John received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Arizona State University. He received his doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. John is currently a board member of Grantmakers for Education, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles, and the New York Leadership Academy.

Jonathan Kaplan

Senior Policy Analyst, California Budget is & Policy Center

Jonathan Kaplan joined the Budget Center in 2006. He analyzes education policy with a focus on K-12 and higher education. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Jonathan taught law and United States history for seven years in Martinez, California, where he also served as chair of Alhambra High School’s social science department. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received his bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.

Kelly King

Senior Program Officer, Education & Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund

Kelly King manages programs and partnerships that support a more equitable education system in Los Angeles County, with a special focus on postsecondary access and attainment. King also directs the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, a joint initiative of the California Community Foundation and the College Futures Foundation to increase college attainment in the region.

Before joining CCF in 2015, King was an executive vice president at Focusing Philanthropy where she managed a national portfolio of philanthropic investments that included education, health access, and workforce development.

King began her career in the education and nonprofit sector at the Scripps College Academy. As director from 2008-2013, she led the program to national recognition including from First Lady Michelle Obama as a recipient of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

King received a bachelor’s degree in politics and public policy analysis from Scripps College and a master’s degree in education policy, evaluation and reform from Claremont Graduate University.

Jennifer Peck

President & CEO, Partnership for Children & Youth

Jennifer Peck has led Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) since the organization’s founding in 2001.  During this time, she has grown PCY to be the leading California intermediary building access to high quality after-school and summer learning programs, and played a major role in lifting up community schools and social and emotional learning as priorities in California schools.  Jennifer led the creation of the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance, the California Summer Matters Campaign, the California Community Schools Network, and HousED which builds on-site learning supports for students living in public and affordable housing.  Jennifer and her team are experts in improving how our public systems serve the most vulnerable students, and through policy change and implementation support, have improved and increased educational opportunities and supports for millions of students in California. Prior to joining PCY, Jennifer was an appointee of President Bill Clinton at the U.S. Department of Education, supporting the implementation of priority initiatives including the federal government’s first investment in Community Learning Centers.    


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About Education Funders Group

Meeting for over a decade, the Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together to learn about issues, trends and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Ideas for topics are proposed by funders, who work with the co-chairs to organize a learning session. This year, EFG will continue to explore Community School Models, Education Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Development and Career Technical Education.

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Who May Attend
Current SCG members only

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
EFG members contact contact us at [email protected] to register. 
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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