California schools get state money based on students being in class. After massive walk-outs in some regions, many districts had hoped for a waiver – meaning they’d still get reimbursed even though those students weren’t there. But State School Superintendent Jack O’Connell said no:
“That’s reserved for things such as fire or flood, impassable roads, an epidemic, earthquake, or a major safety hazard.”
O’Connell says he’s pleased at the activism, but it belongs after school or on the weekend.
The reimbursement varies by district, but he says on average, schools get roughly 40 dollars per student from the state. That could add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars lost in some districts.