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MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Leaders Call on U.S. Senate to Approve Relief for Schools Locally, Nationwide
Posted on 09/03/2020
SOS Bus Picture Thursday, September 3, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Leaders Call on U.S. Senate to Approve Relief for Schools Locally, Nationwide

San Diego Unified School District leaders join Congressional members representing San Diego to call on the U.S. Senate to immediately approve the HEROES Act.

WHAT: News conference with San Diego Congressional delegation, San Diego Unified school leaders

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 3., 10 a.m.

WHERE: San Diego High School, 1401 park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

SPEAKERS:

San Diego High Principal Franny Del Carmen-Aguilar
Board Vice President Richard Barrera
Student Board Member Zachary Patterson
U.S. Rep. Susan Davis
U.S. Rep. Scott Peters
U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas
Superintendent Cindy Marten
SDEA President Kisha Borden
San Diego Unified Council PTA President Mahogany Taylor
BACKGROUND: Since schools physically closed in March to help stop the spread of COVID-19, San Diego Unified shifted to online learning and provided students with access to school meals, laptops and WIFI access. The pandemic has resulted in unforeseen costs for schools to stop the spread of COVID-19 and learning loss. Since then, the CARES Act provided less than one percent to schools from the total $2 trillion package, and the state budget only holds districts harmless at the 2019-20 funding level after undoing a proposed 10% cut. Additional funding is necessary to support efforts that prioritize safety, health, and reduce learning loss. For these reasons, San Diego Unified joins its Congressional delegation in calling for the U.S. Senate to approve the HEROES Act.

Visuals: San Diego Unified school buses spell out SOS (Save Our Schools) at the district bus yard, 4710 Cardinal Lane, to send a message to the U.S. Senate

MEDIA CONTACT: Communications Director Maureen Magee (619) 381-7930

*This event is for professional journalists. Please confirm your attendance in advance.

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