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Hogan: No Mandate to be Issued for Reopening Schools, Despite Pressure

January 18th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

With  K-12 teachers, education staff and child care providers soon scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccinne, demands to reopen schools in Maryland are growing louder each day. Both Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon are on record as wanting kids back in the classroom as soon as possible. Teachers did get pushed up in priority stages after Hogan said it was imperative to send children back to school. However there is still some strong resistance. Cheryl Bost, president of the state teachers' union, says vaccination is just one part of the equation. While the Governor and others are looking for students in the classrooms in a matter of a few months, Bost says late summer or early fall may be a more realistic time frame. Governor Hogan continues to emphasize that there is no mandate he can implement, as the ultimate decision is up to each individual school district…