BOSTON — The head of the union that represents public school teachers in Massachusetts is pressing Gov. Charlie Baker to show “decisive leadership” and make a decision on whether schools can reopen this year.
“The state must reach a decision soon on whether to keep schools closed for the remainder of this academic year so that students, their families, and our communities can plan accordingly,” Massachusetts Teachers Association President Merrie Najimy said. “Governor Charlie Baker’s delay in taking action to initially close all schools —and the lack of guidelines early in the process for remote learning — both point to the necessity for clear direction and mutual understanding of everyone’s needs. This is a time for decisive leadership to protect public health and the common good.”
While Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said earlier this week he’s “not too confident” Massachusetts schools will reopen before fall, Baker has not committed to keeping schools closed or reopening them. Baker closed all Massachusetts schools March 16 through at least May 4 to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees said it expected Baker to discuss school reopening plans during his daily press briefing, which is scheduled for noon. At least 27 states have said they will keep schools closed through the end of the academic year.