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Republicans fear school closures, Gov. Evers says ‘no plan’ to do so

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Some Republican lawmakers don’t trust that Gov. Evers won’t close schools and require them to shift learning online. 

On Tuesday, Evers reiterated to reporters he has no plans mandate virtual learning at all K-12 schools. 

“I have no secret plans,” said Evers.

However, State Sen. Steven Nass (R-Whitewater) says he’s heard from teachers and administrators they’ve been told to be ready to shift from in-person instruction to online this school year. 

“He (Evers) can’t be trusted,” said Nass. “He first supported holding an in-person election in April then tried to postpone it, then said he didn’t have the authority to issue a statewide mask order. Four times now he’s told us one thing and done the opposite.”

Evers believes school districts should have local control over their decision on plans to either offer in-person instruction, online, or a mix of both because every district is different. 

“I’ve spent a lot of time with school folks and I’m proud of the decisions all school districts are doing to determine what's best for their students,” said Evers.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he’s still concerned Evers will cave to pressure from liberal groups and shutdown schools again after he did so early on in the pandemic. 

“The fight isn’t over yet, and legislators will remain vigilant,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “I would urge citizens of Wisconsin who support in-person instruction to keep the pressure on the governor.”

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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