Against the backdrop of growing movement focused on eradicating racial inequities in California and beyond, Carl Cohn has a wide-ranging conversation with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond who says schools should “use education to counter hate.” With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic Thurmond has had to help guide the country’s largest public school system through what may be the greatest crisis in its history. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Thurmond remains focused on creating opportunity for all, a key part of which he says is ensuring internet and technology access for all students.
Carl has 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. He brings a deep understanding of the challenges school districts face as they regroup and now increasingly move to reopening.
Looking for resources related to coronavirus and the reopening of California’s schools? Check out the following websites:
- California Department of Education Covid-19 resources
- Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools