California is in a costly and precarious stalemate, and the educational trajectory of millions of K-12 students hangs in the balance. The situation is particularly dire for Black, Brown and Indigenous students.

School shutdowns are producing high levels of anxiety and depression, contributing to profound learning loss, exacerbating achievement gaps, and will likely drive more Black, Brown and Indigenous students to drop out. 

We are in a crisis within a crisis, and the social, economic as well as moral consequences will be lifelong and felt by all Californians. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom says, “We want schools to safely reopen, Period, full stop.” He cites the science, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Joe Biden. To advance this goal, Newsom has crafted an incentive-based plan to entice districts to reopen starting with the youngest and most vulnerable students. 

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