June 26, 2020

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: