SACRAMENTO, CA. (AP) – California public schools could raise $ 6.6 billion under a plan that Gov. Newsman’s law was signed Friday to try to put pressure on counties to reopen classrooms by the end of March. Teachers, parents և lawmakers ask if this will work.
After a year of distance learning for most K-12 students during the Cornivirus epidemic, parents in the country’s most populous state say they are frustrated and are losing hope that their children will see inside the classroom this year.
“Will this money be an incentive?” I don’t know, “said Dan Lee, a San Francisco-based father who sued his own school district for reopening classrooms. “We are throwing money at them, suing them, embarrassing them. They have not moved yet. “
The law does not require school districts to resume individual instruction. Instead, the state spends $ 2 billion on insecure school boards, offering them a share only if they start giving instructions in person by the end of the month. The rest of the money will be spent on helping students.
“This is the right time to personally reopen the guidelines safely,” said Newsom, who is facing possible recall elections this year, sparked by anger over the epidemic.
Returning students to the classroom has been a widespread problem, with politicians protesting against powerful teachers’ unions. Each state treated it differently.
Unlike Newsom, let schools decide the approach, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Friday issued an executive order that all K-12 public schools offer individual tuition by mid-April 12th.
In Chicago, the struggle to reopen public schools in the country’s third largest district almost led to a teachers’ strike last month over COVID-19 security programs. Chicago և New York City, the largest school district in the country, has now reopened classrooms for elementary school students, but no city has a program for high school students.
In California, the new law has received bipartisan support – an equal amount of contempt, the Democratic governor – lawmakers say it is a possible step forward, but far from perfect.
Teachers in some of the largest districts objected, saying that schools could not be reopened until the infection rate had dropped and that enough teachers had not been vaccinated.
Among them are the powerful United Teachers of Los Angeles, whose members voted Friday to reject what they called an uncertain return for the country’s second-largest district. This week, the union criticized the reopening program as a “recipe for promoting structural racism,” benefiting richer areas with lower rates of infection.
“If you fund the reopening of schools, the money will go to white, rich, healthy school communities only,” said union leader Cecil Myart-Cruz in a statement.
Although California businesses have opened and closed through the ups and downs of the epidemic, many school boards have been reluctant to send students back to class because they have struggled with safety standards and negotiating with teachers’ unions.
But as the incidence of new coronaviruses continues to fall, more people are being vaccinated, politicians and parents are pressuring districts to return to personal training by the end of the school year.
The new law is the first attempt to do so across the state of California.
Newsom signed it through Zoom, inadvertently imitating how most of the state’s 6.1 million high school students have been enrolled in the past year. Iron Ace did not miss Newsom, which said the virtual ceremony was necessary to attract officials from across the state. He used the struggle that the legislators themselves had during the program negotiations.
“When you look at 58 provinces, a thousand plus school districts, it’s really a challenge on a scale that no other country in the country is facing,” Newsom said.
To qualify for the money, most districts will have to offer in-person tuition for all elementary school students. But the law does not require returning to classes, for most high school students, it does not specify how many students should be in the classroom.
This raised fears that some districts might return students only one day a week and still be eligible to receive the money.
The OpenSchoolsCA parenting group called the legislation “another failed attempt” to reopen classrooms, which would not be enough to persuade many neighborhoods, especially in large cities.
Liz Ingle, a mother of two in San Diego, is already afraid of what autumn will bring.
“We all feel that if we don’t get all of our kids to college by the end of the year, they’re more likely to open with a hybrid in the fall,” said Ingle.
He suspects that the program, which allows schools to open or not to open, will force districts to move faster.
“We have already seen that when they have an election, they do not move very fast,” said Ingle, who plans to join one of several rallies to mark the closing anniversary of the schools over the weekend.
The new law also provides $ 4.6 billion to help students reach all districts, 85% of which will be used for personal study.
“We’re going to go home to our neighborhoods and beg for all our (school) districts to open,” said Phil Ting, a Democrat in San Francisco, where public schools remained closed despite the lowest COVID-19. rates in California.
The San Francisco School Board made a national mockery this year for focusing on renaming 44 schools that it said belonged to racially sensitive figures, including Abraham Lincoln, rather than working to reopen classrooms. After that, it stopped renaming.
Walking has led many parents to switch to private schools that offer private classes or relocate out of town.
Melissa Nemer, a mother of two in Cell Francisco, plans to move to the suburbs this summer. He has watched relatives in the suburbs of New York City, Denver and Minnesota send children to school as his children stay in distance learning.
“There are no reopening deadlines, no schedule, nothing,” Nemer said. “Enough.”
Gecker reported from San Francisco.