September 4, 2020

Covid-19 got the best of Chico State. A week after the college partially reopened dorms and classes for in-person instruction, it closed down due to rising infection rates among young people on and around campus.

College President Gayle Hutchinson explains how plans went awry and what can be learned from the experience. EdSource reporter Ashley Smith compares events at Chico State with back-to-school at San Diego State, which also canceled in-person classes but has so far not closed dorms.

Also this week, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, came closer to her years-long quest to see ethnic studies taught in college and high school, with a bill mandating an ethnic studies course for a high school diploma heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

Last month, Newsom signed a bill requiring an ethnics studies class for a CSU diploma. Weber, an emerita professor in Africana Studies at San Diego State, said passage is one more step toward making California “a role model for what the world can truly see: a diverse state that can actually function well with equal opportunity and access for all.”

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