Tension Rises in States Over Who Decides When to Reopen Schools
July 21, 2020
As schools make plans to address the coronavirus pandemic, administrators in some states are caught up in tensions about who gets the final say about when they can reopen their buildings to students, and what precautions they should take to protect their communities.
Among the questions that drive those tensions: Is reopening schools a question of education or public health? How much discretion should local districts have?
Those questions played out very differently in Kansas and South Carolina this week, where governors made very different declarations about schools.