Gazelka: Senate will vote to put decisions back in the hands of school leaders

(ST. PAUL, MN) –  Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka released the following statement ahead of Governor Walz’s announcement on school changes today: 

“Nothing that is said today will change the Senate’s plan to vote tomorrow on Senate File 2, which puts this decision back where it needs to be — exclusively in the hands of local school leaders. All the science says we can and should open schools for the academic and emotional health of our children. Yet most kids are still receiving too much instruction by distance learning. It’s become obvious the main thing standing in the way from a full reopening of schools are the teacher’s unions. Their demands to delay in-person instruction is failing kids, parents, and our future.”