In a fierce rebuttal to the Trump administration’s push for all children to return to school in the fall in the face of spreading coronavirus infections, California’s largest teachers union is declaring bluntly that “California cannot reopen schools unless they are safe.”
In a strongly worded letter sent Wednesday to Gov. Newsom, legislative leaders and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, the leadership of the California Teachers Association, representing about 310,000 teachers, said that the recent surge in infections “gives us pause around the state’s preparedness for safe in person school instruction in a short six to eight week time frame.”
The letter came on the same day that President Trump threatened to cut funding to schools that don’t bring back all their children to class, and health officials advised Los Angeles County districts including Los Angeles Unified, the state’s largest to prepare for the prospect of opening remotely this fall.
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