Governor’s Executive Order Assures Continuation of School Funding During Pandemic

At least 670 out of the state’s 977 school districts have shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The closures have raised concerns about childcare, testing, college preparation, food insecurity, and basic education funding.

On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to ensure that public school districts that have closed their campuses retain state funds. Those monies must be used to pay employees, foster distance learning, continue meal programs, and help with youth supervision when possible.

“Closing schools has a massive, cascading effect for our kids and their families – especially those least equipped financially to deal with them. The needs of California kids must be met regardless of whether their school is open or closed. School districts that choose to close must use state educational dollars to quickly meet the needs of children and families. The State of California is working around the clock to help those districts and provide best practices to ensure no kid is left behind,” the governor said in a press release

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond praised the governor’s decision, which he said “allows schools to put safety first without jeopardizing the financial resources needed to meet the needs of our students.”

Read the executive order here