This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders cut a deal on the state budget. For K-12 schools, that will entail borrowing billions, coping with the logistics of reopening during a pandemic and hoping Congress comes to the rescue. “We take one impossible problem at a time,” Sara Bachez of the California Association of School Business Officials, tells EdSource.
Bob Nelson, superintendent of Fresno Unified, describes the multi-layered complications of planning for a safe return for students who want in-person instruction and those who will insist on distance learning at home.
In a farewell interview, University of California President Janet Napolitano discusses strategies for reopening and her support for the repeal of Proposition 209, which, through a vote this week in the Legislature, will go before voters in November.
For background to this podcast, check out the following from EdSource:
- Napolitano says farewell to UC, advocates for affirmative action and Covid-19 research
- State Senate action allows California voters to decide on affirmative action
- California universities prepare for possible return of affirmative action in admissions
- California school leaders ambivalent as they await vote on state budget
- California schools must provide daily live interaction, access to technology this fall
- In California budget deal, no cuts for K-12 but billions in late payments to schools