January 16, 2021

OPINION: To help get kids back in school, CA should temporarily suspend local collective bargaining

By Carl Cohn, former executive director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, a member of the California State Board of Education, and former superintendent of the San Diego Unified and Long Beach Unified school districts.

The governor deserves praise for his recent budget and school reopening proposals, but schools aren’t going to reopen anytime soon across the state if the details and agreements on in-person instruction have to be reached through local collective bargaining agreements and memoranda of understanding in more than a 1,000 school districts.

I offer this point of view knowing that, in a career that has spanned more than fifty years, I have been a consistent advocate and champion for local control of schools.

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