Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.
Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools
LACOE continues to work with the Board of Supervisors and Public Health Director Dr. Ferrer to support schools and ensure the voice of the education community is heard.
To that end, we are organizing focus groups of superintendents, school staff and parents for Public Health to learn more about their experiences, perspectives and concerns as we continue to work toward a safe and gradual re-opening of schools.
Last month, I was pleased to share that in partnership with the Board of Supervisors, LACOE helped to secure $12.5 million in CARES Act funding to provide computer devices with connectivity for LA County students still in need.
We later learned that the CARES Act funding must be used by Dec. 31, 2020, but the connectivity plans run through the end of the school year. I’m happy to report that the Board of Supervisors will consider a motion to fund the additional months of service at its Nov. 10 meeting.
I look forward to keeping you updated on these important matters.