Newsom Says Deal To Reopen Schools Is Close

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom is insisting that classrooms will reopen “very, very shortly.” Newsom has for weeks worked with lawmakers on a deal to reopen schools and salvage what’s left of this academic year. The governor dodged most questions on school reopening at a news conference Tuesday, instead saying a deal is being negotiated and he hopes it will be announced soon. But his forecast was called into question by Los Angeles teachers who say they won’t bow to political pressure in their demands for access to vaccinations before reopening. Newsom declined to say whether he would consider forcing schools to reopen or using his emergency powers to suspend local bargaining.