Educators Don't Endorse Early Start To Next School Year

Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he believes many of California's public schools might be able to open for business this July, giving educators and students a head start for the fall semester.

Some teachers in a North Bay county say that’s not feasible.

Santa Rosa schools face the same daunting, and we mean daunting challenge of returning students to campuses even by fall.

Santa Rosa Teachers Association President Will Lyon told KCBS Radio opening classrooms mid-summer is a non-starter. He believes schools must have ongoing cleaning policies, as many students and teachers are medically compromised, and that campuses need nurses and mental health professionals.

"We may open up with some summer school, some tiny stuff, you know, but the whole big first day of school thing is not going to be in July," Lyon said.

Then there’s school funding.

Economists project the K-12 and community college budget might take an $18 billion cut as part of California’s budget overhaul, one the governor says will be at least $54 billion.  Gov. Newsom announced the budget deficit last week, one that’s directly connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That number is so large it would be like taking $1,350 for every state resident.

Lyon contends Washington needs to step up to the plate.

"States cannot print money," Lyon said. "The federal (government) can and they’re doing it. That same $18 billion shortfall for California, that’s almost the exactly same amount of money that Boeing got in the first bailout."