Lawmakers would offer $2 billion to bring back elementary school students after April 15; Newsom favors a speedier timetable.
The teachers union wants most California schools to remain closed for 100 days while the state comes up with a plan to slow the spread of the virus and vaccinate school staff.
Declining rates of Covid add urgency to reach a deal with legislators to reopen schools for young children and struggling students, he says.
The Feb.1 deadline for the plan soon will pass; talks continue over complaints the plan’s requirements and timeline were unworkable.
Multiple websites will provide data and a hotline on Covid outbreaks for parents, clarify regulations, and offer technical help to districts.
After meeting with the governor’s aides, Los Angeles and Fresno superintendents say they won’t apply for incentives to reopen campuses.