Kansas School Board Blocks Governor’s Order To Delay Start Of Schools
On Wednesday, the Kansas State Board of Education voted to block the governor’s executive order that pushed school start dates into September, according to The Hill.
- Gov. Laura Kelly’s (D) order would have barred schools, public or private, from resuming classes until September 8. In the current policy, local districts can decide for themselves when they wish to reopen.
- The GOP-led state legislature ruled that executive orders from the governor on school reopenings must be approved by the school board. As a result, the split 5-5 vote on the move was enough to block the order.
- Kelly responded to the vote in a statement:
"The cases of COVID-19 in Kansas are at an all-time high and continue to rise. Our decisions must be informed by public health experts not politics. This vote puts our students, faculty, their families and our economy at risk."
- She followed up saying:
“I will continue to work with our school districts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children and ask every school district to delay the start of school."
- The Hill reported that “Kansas has seen rising numbers of new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks and has now registered more than 24,000 confirmed cases.” The report added that “Some 321 people have died in the state since the pandemic began.”
- Some school board members said their concern was largely for rural schools, where major outbreaks have so far been avoided.