Faulconer: Classroom Education Should be Norm, Not Exception
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Parent of Two Calls for Restoring Funding Tied to Classroom Learning, Education Stimulus for Public School Families, Solutions to Address Learning Loss
SACRAMENTO, CA – Days after successfully calling on the San Francisco school board to focus on reopening schools instead of renaming them, former mayor and gubernatorial candidate Kevin Faulconer stood outside the California Department of Education to discuss school reopenings, potential relief for families learning at home, and helping students start to recover after a year without classroom learning.
“When it comes to public schools, Gavin Newsom has followed special interests, not the science,” Faulconer said. “Safe in-classroom learning must be treated as the norm, not the exception.”
Faulconer criticized Governor Gavin Newsom for waiting too long to lead on reopening schools and creating rules that left few consequences for campuses remaining closed.
“Students do better when they learn in a classroom, and as governor I will make sure that education funding is once again directly tied to in-person school attendance,” Faulconer said.
Should the schools standoff remain at an impasse, Faulconer stressed that the state should not forget the impact it is having on working families.
“If school districts still won’t open, we should look for ways to give public school parents an education stimulus check to help cover the costs of learning from home,” Faulconer said. “Moms and dads have given up jobs so they can be home with their kids, parents have had to pay for tutors, and many families have had to purchase laptops, tablets, and faster internet. The State of California should help to make them whole.”
Faulconer also emphasized that large educational challenges remain ahead even when campuses finally welcome back students.
“Even when schools eventually open, Gavin Newsom’s education crisis will remain with us for years to come,” Faulconer said. “As governor I’ll work with schools to help our children get caught up.”
To help students start making up for learning loss, Faulconer’s administration would:
- Prioritize funding in the state budget to make sure kids have access to summer school, longer school days and after-school tutoring.
- Support more mental health counselors for students who have been affected by the pandemic and isolation.
- Champion the right of parents to let their child retake their current grade if that is what they deem best for their family.
Earlier this month, former mayor Faulconer introduced a website today to give parents, students, teachers and caretakers a chance to voice their frustrations with the lack of action to safely reopen schools. He announced the website with a video message on social media, which can be viewed here. Californians affected by closed schools can share their stories and struggles by going to www.FixCASchools.com.
A parent of two kids in public schools, former mayor Faulconer launched his campaign with a clear focus on education after Newsom’s hastily made reopening plan failed to get kids back in classrooms and was roundly criticized even by his allies.
The 36th mayor of San Diego, Faulconer has earned a reputation for returning ethics and integrity to public service and putting people above politics by focusing on the issues that matter to Californians.
From bringing California’s second largest city back from the brink of bankruptcy, to getting San Diego back on track after it was rocked by a corrupt mayor, to making San Diego the only big city in the state to reduce homelessness, Kevin Faulconer is tested and ready to keep leading. As America’s only big city Republican mayor, he has shown how to turn government around and return its focus to what’s important: serving the public. As Governor of California, Kevin Faulconer will work for us – and restore balance to our state.