California’s two largest school districts call on state aid in the wake of school closings that last longer than expected.
The San Diego Unified School District and Los Angeles Unified School District ask the state for an additional $ 500 per child in the state to help pay for the transition to full online learning.
In a letter to state officials, SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten and LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner also said they would like to form a task force.
“The combination of state policy makers and field professionals working side by side (obviously remotely) can be a reasonable approach in these usual times,” according to the letter.
SDUSD Trustee Richard Barrera said: “At present, we are saying here the support we need to get the rest of the school year online.”
Barrera said the state is anticipating a drastic drop in state revenue which could make the financial situation even more difficult for school districts that depend on state funding.
At that point, Barrera said that school districts need the federal government to take the initiative in preventing layoffs for those educating children.
The Council of the Great City Schools, which according to its website, “brings together 76 of the nation’s largest urban school districts,” sent a letter to the United States Congress, asking for federal dollars.
The Council urged legislators to include public schools in the incentive package considered.
“To avoid mass layoffs of people educating our children, we must be included in the federal stimulus package,” said Barrera, “and we must be included substantially.”
Read the full letters to Congress in the links below.