ORANGE COUNTY, CA – California Democratic Party Secretary Melahat Rafiei issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to transform public schools:

In the last year, teachers and students transitioned away from in-person instruction towards remote education. The pandemic forced the school communities to lose one its most vital components to ensuring the success of our students – pre-existing relationships that nurtures the learning process.

At the same time, the uncertainty created an unbalance of mental fatigue amongst some of our most vulnerable students, teachers and working parents. And as communities voiced their concerns, California Democrats stood in solidarity to work with Democratic leaders to ensure that our educators and students were heard.

That’s why today, the California Democratic Party is applauding the work by Governor Gavin Newsom to transform our public schools. The investment, which will provide $15 billion towards K-12 public schools, $2 billion for savings accounts for 3.7 million kids and $3.4 billion for universal pre-k, will ensure that we get our schools back on track while supporting every child in every region.