O’Donnell and Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for School Accountability

Monday, March 30, 2020

Chair of Assembly Education Committee Concerned Not All School Districts  

Are Providing Meals and Instruction to Students   

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) and colleagues sent a letter to the Governor calling for greater accountability over school districts during the current closures. This is in response to reports that some students are not receiving critical services such as meals and instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We need to ensure school districts are serving the needs of all students equally,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “Today, I join my colleagues in calling for the Governor and his administration to work with the Legislature to hold districts accountable so students do not fall behind on their education or go hungry because their school is closed.”

On March 13, the Governor signed an Executive Order ensuring school districts, county offices of education and charter schools receive funding to provide meals and instruction to students. The order however, did not require that these services be provided.

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.