As the state reshuffles vaccine distribution and reopening rules, lawmakers green-light a hard-fought plan to bring students back into schools.
$2 billion in incentives would come with partially reopening middle and high schools, but the plan would not require schools to open.
Resignations, retirements, and fewer teachers earning credentials across California will hit special education, math, science, and bilingual education the hardest.
School districts across the state are looking to an array of guidelines for reopening.
New moving data and intensifying housing bidding wars undercut fears of a California mass exodus.
The new standard relaxes the adjusted case rate to 10 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people from seven new cases per 100,000 people.
Experts suspect the pandemic has contributed to larger numbers of children not enrolling in kindergarten, which is not compulsory in California.
If Senate Bill 21 passes, motorists will be able to apply for the specialized license plate at vehicle registration, with fees supporting mental health programs such as wellness centers.