Lovely. It looks like San Fran is taking advantage of legislation so the district can get $12 million in state reopening grants.
Fantastic news! The San Francisco Teacher’s Union announced seniors could finally return to class..for at least one day with barely four weeks left in the semester.
The schools and students have fought all school year to open the schools.
The union and teachers (I doubt all of them) resisted in the name of safety and health despite private schools opening without problems in the fall.
The move has angered the families and students. The students will not have in-person instruction. The schools only have “in-person supervision.”
But it enraged the parents and some politicians because the deal means “the city’s public schools can qualify for $12 million in state reopening funds.”
School districts only get the money if they open up:
District officials said they believed the plan would mean $12 million in state reopening grants, which by state law required districts to reopen for in-person instruction for elementary school students as well as students in a least one middle or high school grade.
Assemblyman Phil Ting, who sponsored the legislation, said he didn’t know if the district’s plan, which he described as disappointing, met the state requirements.
“It definitely doesn’t meet the spirit of the law,” he said. “Kids were supposed to come back in person. Kids were supposed to come back to learn.”
The goal of the legislation was to get “all the kids back.” But specifically, the law requires opening school for entire middle or high school grade before May 15, “and keeping that grade open all the way to June 2,” Ting said.
Advocacy group Decreasing the Distance wants to know the message the decision sends the “kids about what they are worth and how adults take care of our vulnerable populations, including kids?”
“Does this show them that they matter, or just that the money matters?” the group asked. “One senior told us she wants to return, but not like this. Her reaction: ‘It’s too little too late. School’s over.'”DONATE
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