Gov. Newsom Signs School Reopening Deal Pressuring Districts to Get Kids Back to Class
Nearly a year after California classrooms shuttered in the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law recently to send $2 billion to help schools reopen by April 1.
The legislation was backed by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers facing intense pressure from families and local leaders to reinstate in-person instruction before a school year of mostly remote learning concludes.
The deal will allocate $2 billion in grants for schools that decide to reopen by the end of March. To receive the funding, schools in the counties under the state’s most restrictive purple tier will have to open kindergarten through second grade classrooms.