Des Moines Says No To Governor’s Demand For Classroom Return

DES MOINES, Iowa: Students in Iowas largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic.

Des Moines school officials have repeatedly refused to abide by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds order requiring the states 327 school districts to hold at least half their classes in-person rather than online. For Des Moines, its a question of trying to keep its more than 33,000 students and 5,000 staffers from contracting the disease. But after the school board last week again voted to violate Reynolds order, the governor called the action unacceptable and began the process for punishing the district.

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