(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – Marin County) today released the following statement upon passage of legislation to incentivize the reopening of TK-12 schools across the state and address student learning loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today’s approval of AB 86 and over $6.5 billion in funding to help schools across the state safely re-open is one of the most important actions we have taken since the COVID-19 pandemic began. As the parent of two school age children, I know first-hand how difficult this past year has been for students, parents and teachers adapting to remote learning. Remote learning is not a long-term solution to help all California students succeed. Students need to be in the classroom. Many schools in my district have already begun to offer in-classroom teaching. I am hopeful that today’s passage of the Safe Schools for All plan will give all schools the tools they need to safely re-open and give our students the resources they need to thrive.”
AB 86 provides $2 billion to incentivize local schools to reopen by April 1, 2021 and offer in-person instruction in small cohorts of students. The measure also provides $4.56 billion for Student Learning Recovery grants to facilitate the launch of multi-year learning loss mitigation plans.
AB 86 was approved by the State Assembly on a vote of 72 to 4. Earlier in the day, the measure was approved by the State Senate on a vote of 36 to 0.
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