Education: Early Childhood to College & Career

If we are serious about closing the income gap, we must get serious about closing the opportunity gap and that begins with education.


Lieutenant Governor Newsom is a firm believer in constructing an integrated continuum beginning with early childhood education and resulting in students on a path to college and career.



As a member of the University of California Board of Regents and California State University Board of Trustees, the Lieutenant Governor has voted against every tuition increase and is working hard to ensure an affordable, accessible and high quality system of public higher education.

A consistent voice on the need to reimagine public higher education, Newsom authored the Report on the State of Higher Education in California, calling for a new direction that puts the state on track to educate and train a greater number of residents with higher levels of knowledge and skills.

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Lieutenant Governor Newsom has called for the California College Promise, a statewide initiative to increase resources and regional partnerships with California's Community Colleges to bolster college access and degree completion.

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Fewer than 2 percent of student-athletes go onto the NBA or NFL but they all put everything on the line for school and community. Lieutenant Governor Newsom passed a series of reforms at the University of California to protect student-athlete welfare and honor the promise of an education for these students. Now, he is taking that fight to the California State University as well.

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California is home to the innovation of Silicon Valley but yet, it trails the rest of the country in exposing students to STEM education and preparing them for technology careers. Lieutenant Governor Newsom is leading the way for the University of California and California State University systems to recognize academically rigorous computer science courses, and laying the foundation for a long-term computer science strategic plan for the state.

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Voter registration among 18 to 24 year-olds has been in a steady decline, especially In regions with the poorest economic and social well-being. In 2014, just 52 percent of California's eligible youth (ages 18 to 24) were registered to vote, at least 20 points lower than any other age group, and just 8.2 percent of eligible youth voted. Lieutenant Governor Newsom is helping to lead a coalition with Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Common Cause, CALPIRG and the ACLU to reverse these trends. The coalition is spearheading a number of technological and grassroots strategies to boost voter registration on California's community college, California State University and University of California campuses.