O.C. board of education will sue California governor to reopen schools
The Orange County Board of Education doubled down on its battle with California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus school closure orders, voting to sue the governor in an effort to open campuses across high-risk counties. The attorneys representing the O.C. Board of Education suggested the impending lawsuit would argue that school closures violate California’s Constitution by disproportionately harming marginalized children.
Jesse Melgar, spokesperson for the governor, said Newsom’s decisions during the pandemic are driven by science.
“Courts have repeatedly upheld the governor’s emergency authority to issue orders protecting public health in the face of this devastating virus,” Melgar said. “We are confident that will again be the case here.”