L.A. Unified’s high-stakes bet that untested start-up can run its coronavirus testing program

Los Angeles schools Supt. Austin Beutner had a problem. He was firm in his stance that reopening schools safely during the COVID-19 pandemic would depend on rapid, extensive coronavirus testing. But no city, county or state program was available to provide or pay for it at the scale he thinks is needed in the nation’s second-largest school district.

So he chose the company of a former business partner, Sky Dayton, who helped him put together an audacious plan: The Los Angeles Unified School District would carry out its own testing, the largest such district-led initiative in the country.

Beutner approved a $48.9-million contract with Dayton’s new company, SummerBio, using emergency powers he has invoked since March because of the pandemic. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-30/lausd-new-coronavirus-testing-program