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Kansas school board rejects delaying in-person K-12 classes

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Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 12:29 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas schools will be allowed to reopen in mid-August.

Republican officials on Wednesday again thwarted a plan from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly aimed at reversing a resurgence in reported coronavirus cases.

The GOP-controlled State Board of Education on Wednesday voted 5-5 and rejected a proposal from Kelly to delay the restart of K-12 classes for three weeks until after Labor Day. Decisions on when school buildings reopen will be left to locally elected boards.

Conservatives have argued that it’s inappropriate for Kelly to impose “one size fits all” pandemic measures. Republican legislators made similar arguments to successfully pressure Kelly into lifting statewide restrictions on businesses.

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