July 10, 2020

Among the reopening anxieties keeping school superintendents up at night is the fear of being sued if a student or teacher comes down with the coronavirus. Would compliance with county directives offer protection? What constitutes a good-faith effort? Can the Legislature limit exposure to lawsuits?

This week, we’ll explore those and other questions with Barbara Nemko, Napa County superintendent of schools, and Sarah Sutherland, a San Diego attorney who specializes in school litigation.

We’ll also discuss the naming of Michael Drake, former president of Ohio State University, to succeed Janet Napolitano as the new president of the University of California. He’ll take over at a time of turbulence and tensions from a pandemic, potential budget cuts and student activism over racial discrimination. EdSource higher education reporters Michael Burke and Larry Gordon share their insights.

For background to this podcast, check out the following from EdSource: