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New California law aims to put kids in class. Will it work?

Posted at 4:19 PM, Mar 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-06 19:19:24-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's governor has signed a law aiming to return public school students to classrooms.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law Friday as many parents and teachers question whether it will work.

The law offers $2 billion to school districts that reopen physical classrooms by the end of March.

It also includes $4.6 billion for all schools to help students catch up. But it has no requirements for how long students must be taught in-person, and many teachers unions are still resistant to return.

Getting students back into classrooms has been a fraught issue nationwide, pitting politicians against powerful teachers unions.