LAUSD’s Beutner appeals to local, state officials to join 60-day challenge to reopen schools

In a more conciliatory tone than the statement he fired off Friday — in which Los Angeles Unified schools chief Austin Beutner accused L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino of political grandstanding after the council member suggested looking at legal options to force LAUSD to reopen schools — the superintendent  on Monday, Feb. 8, appealed to “all who care so much about schools” to work toward a common goal.

At the same time, Beutner, who also told city leaders to “stop scapegoating schools” in his remarks last week, called on local and state officials to join him in a 60-day challenge to reopen elementary schools. The comment signaled that the nation’s second-largest school district may not expect a general return of students to campuses for at least two more months.

“Threats of lawsuits, finger pointing and speech making won’t help,” Beutner, who never mentioned Buscaino by name, said during his weekly update. “I call on every state and local official as well as every stakeholder in the school community to join us in the challenge. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work. Call it the 60-day challenge to offer every young student the learning opportunity they deserve.” Click here to read more: