While some major metropolitan areas operate public schools from City Hall, virtually all California K-12 campuses come under the authority of local districts that are autonomous from city and county governments. San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Unified School District, and its school board, operate independently of each other. “This is not the path we would have chosen, but nothing matters more right now than getting our kids back in school,” Mayor London Breed said. “The city has offered resources and staff to get our school facilities ready and to support testing for our educators.” Representatives for the National School Boards Association, an advocacy group for public schools and local boards of education, said they believe San Francisco’s lawsuit is the first civil action filed by a city against a district over Covid-19 closings. “Reopening decisions are very, very difficult, but they call for collaboration, not litigation,” association CEO Anna Maria Chavez said in a statement. “Everyone wants students back in schools as soon as it is safe, but it must be a community decision based on local data that involves all of the key players from teachers and administrators to parents and local health officials.” Further reading: San Francisco Vs San Francisco School Board: A Push To Get Students Back In School.
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