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Amid Rising Coronavirus Cases, UTLA Calls For Schools To Remain Closed In The Fall




The Los Angeles Unified School District is organizing a series of forums to gather public comment on the selection of its next superintendent.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is organizing a series of forums to gather public comment on the selection of its next superintendent.
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On Friday, the Los Angeles teacher’s union called for schools to keep closed August 18, when the school year is set to begin. 

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in L.A. County, UTLA says the health risks of in-person learning are too great. The district hasn’t yet decided what it will do in the fall, but has laid out the potential options of continued online learning or a hybrid model. 

We talk with someone from UTLA about why they’re calling for distanced learning option and for how long. Plus, if you’re a parent or a student, call us at  866-893-5722.

Guests:

Carla Javier, KPCC reporter; she tweets @carlamjavier

Gloria Martinez, bargaining team member and vice president and of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the LAUSD teacher’s union; she has been a special education teacher for 19 years