This week Schools on the Frontlines host Carl Cohn talks with Orange County superintendent of schools Al Mijares whose county includes 27 districts serving more than 600 schools and nearly half a million students.

In July, the Orange County Board of Education filed a lawsuit to overturn Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order barring in-classroom instruction in counties on the state’s monitoring list. Mijares spoke out against the lawsuit, emphasizing the importance of putting student and teacher health first. Cohn and Mijares discuss this and other challenges schools in the county face.

With fifty years of service as a counselor, teacher, district superintendent, State Board of Education member, and executive director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, Cohn brings a deep understanding of the challenges school districts face as they regroup and reopen in the fall. 

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This is the seventh episode in a special series of podcasts hosted by Carl Cohn and sponsored by EdSource and the Ball/Frost Group.
Al Mijares is a member of the EdSource board of directors.