Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

In this Feb. 25, file photo, Assistant Principal Janette Van Gelderen, left, welcomes students at Newhall Elementary in Santa Clarita. AP photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file photo
Adam BeamThe Associated PressThe majority of California’s 6.1 million public school students could be back in the classroom by April under new legislation announced Monday, March 1, by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. Critics panned the plan as inadequate.Most students in the nation’s most populous state have been learning from home for the past year during the pandemic. But with new coronavirus cases falling rapidly throughout the state, Newsom and lawmakers have been under increasing pressure to come up with a statewide plan aimed at returning students to schools in-person.If approved by the Legislature, the plan announced Monday would not order districts to return students to the classroom and no parents would be compelled to send their children back to sch
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