Assembly Members Mull Mandatory School Reopenings This Spring
Lawmakers could soon introduce a bill requiring schools to return to in-person instruction this spring.
“The effect would be to start reopening schools for at least the most struggling or perhaps the youngest students when their counties move from the most restrictive purple tier, where 99% of school districts are now, to any less restrictive color: red, orange or yellow,” writes John Fensterwald at EdSource.
Under Assembly Bill 10, within two weeks of being allowed to reopen by the state and county, public and charter schools would need to adopt a plan for live instruction. A “tiered reengagement” strategy for English learners and vulnerable students would need to be adopted no later than March 1. Districts that have already said they’ll extend in-person learning through summer (e.g. San Bernardino City Unified) or until their county is IN the Orange tier (e.g. San Jose Unified), would have to change their plans.
The emergency legislation is expected to be proposed by Phil Ting, (D-San Francisco), chair of the Assembly Budget Committee; Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), chair of the Assembly Education Committee; and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. It would require two-thirds of the Legislature.
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