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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
San Diego Unified school buses line up to spell S.O.S. (Save Our Schools)

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 S.O.S. (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.