Evers floats allowing K-12 schools to open before Sept. 1

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Mar 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-03 15:01:02-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Allowing schools to open earlier and bolstering their summer school offerings are both being floated by Gov. Tony Evers as ways to help students catch up after a year of virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Allowing schools to open before Sept. 1 for the 2021-2022 academic year would require a law change.

The Legislature has balked at previous attempts to loosen the opening date under pressure from the state’s tourism industry that backs having students available to work summer jobs up until September.

Evers said at a event on Tuesday that opening earlier than September was something that “might” have to be done temporarily.

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