NewsCovering California

Actions

California governor signs law aimed at putting kids in class

COVID-19 pandemic sharpens digital divide for rural students
Posted at 12:41 PM, Mar 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-05 15:41:48-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law aimed at returning public school students to classrooms. Newsom signed the law on Friday, a day after it passed the state Legislature by a wide margin.

The law offers $2 billion to school districts that provide in-person instruction by the end of March. It also offers another $4.6 billion for all schools to help students catch up on what they have missed. At least 85% of that money must be spent on in-person learning.

Critics say the bill doesn't go far enough while some teachers still resist returning to the classroom.