To Reopen Safely, California Schools Will Need A Lot More Help

Education leaders are expressing skepticism over their ability to reopen campuses safely in light of the budget cuts coming to California schools. The fears were expressed during a Thursday video conference hosted by State Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.

“Although Thurmond remains a solid political ally of Gov. Gavin Newsom, he nonetheless allowed the education establishment to take critical aim at the governor’s proposed budget, which was released a week ago,” the Los Angeles Times reports. The plan would reduce about $7 billion in funds to local districts.

One conference participant, San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten, said the proposed cuts are are “a recipe for more distance and less learning.” Thurmond echoed that sentiment saying “we believe our school districts can’t reopen safely if they have to implement these kinds of cuts.”

Most public school districts intend to restart in-person instruction in late August and September. But new safeguards—from smaller class sizes and regular sanitation to social distancing measures and PPE—will require financial help. Education leaders are calling on the federal government to step in.

Read more at the Los Angeles Daily News