SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law aimed at getting students back in classrooms in the nation’s most populous state. Many students have been out of school and learning online since last March because of the coronavirus.
The plan sets aside $2 billion that districts can tap if they offer in-person instruction by March 31. The longer a district waits to offer students the chance to return to the classroom, the less money it gets.
The deal also sets aside an additional $4.6 billion to help students catch up on the material they have missed during the past year.
But it has no requirements for how long students must be taught in-person and many teachers unions are still resistant to return. Getting students back into classrooms has been a fraught issue nationwide, pitting politicians against powerful teachers unions.