Chorus grows among L.A. County school leaders for more reopening support

School leaders in Los Angeles County joined a growing chorus for more state and federal assistance Thursday, May 21, asserting that public school systems will struggle to safely reopen schools this fall without adequate funding.

The appeals came in response to an announcement by state Superintendent Tony Thurmond that most California schools would reopen in August or September with public health modifications, ranging from face masks to staggered playtime and smaller class sizes, but need federal dollars to do so.

It came days after Gov. Gavin Newsom projected a slash in the state post-coronavirus public education budget, by around 10% or $19 billion over two years. The news hit hard at school districts with longstanding financial troubles and rising pandemic-related emergency costs like technological devices and food assistance. Click here to read more: