We may have very good reasons to close our local K-to-12 schools for a day or two, or even for a week.
But we should keep them open anyway.
That’s because, in California, we are closing schools so routinely that we’re harming children who are already in crisis. We’re also further diminishing trust in public education and reinforcing low expectations and encouraging continuing disinvestment in the state’s future.
The closures aren’t just a hangover from the pandemic, when our communities, backed by state government and unions, kept schools closed far longer than most …