January 16, 2021

Big district superintendents, Newsom advisers remain at odds on back to school plan

Los Angeles, Fresno superintendents say they won’t seek state funding by Feb. 1 deadline.

After a meeting recently with top advisers of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration, superintendents of two of the largest school districts in California said nothing had changed: Their districts won’t pursue $2 billion in state funding in return for committing by Feb. 1 to send younger students back to school when Covid infection rates fall.

Reaching an agreement in under three weeks with employee unions on the conditions for a safe return to in-person instruction, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said after the meeting, is “not possible.” The district escalated the dispute, voting unanimously in closed session to sue Newsom over the reopening plan.

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