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Perspectives on Reopening

At the time of preparing these readings, most California public schools remain closed and in distance learning. Many educators, advocates, and policy makers have voiced their perspectives on whether, when, and under what conditions schools should reopen. For your convenience, the Collaborative staff has curated a selection of readings that articulate some of the varied arguments made over the last three months.

Beutner, A., Marten, C., Nelson, B., Baker, J., Matthews, V., Johnson-Trammell, K., & Aguilar, J. (2021, January 6). Public letter from California school districts to Governor Newsom. Available at

Smith, W., Monroe, L. K., Davenport, T., Taylor, T., & Billy, V. M. (2021, January 19). Finding success in the “Safe Schools for All” plan for school reopening. Public letter from California education management groups to Governor Newsom. Available at

Boyd, E. T., Goldberg, D., & Littman, L. (2021, January 27). Public letter from California Teachers Association to Governor Newsom. Available at

Mays, M. (2021, January 28). Newsom: California schools won't reopen 'if we wait for the perfect'. Politico. Available at

Cohn, C. (2021, January 13). To help get kids back in school, California should temporarily suspend local collective bargaining. EdSource. Available at