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Kansas Senate passes bill requiring in-person K-12 classes

Students wear masks they work in a fourth-grade classroom, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Elk Ridge...
Students wear masks they work in a fourth-grade classroom, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley, Wash. The school has had some students in classrooms for in-person learning since September of 2020, but other students who attend the school are still learning remotely.(Source: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 12:01 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has approved a proposal from its top Republican to require all of the state’s public school districts to offer in-person classes to all students by March 26.

Senate President Ty Masterson is pushing the measure with the number of new COVID-19 cases lower than they have been in months.

Masterson and other Republicans argue that many students don’t fare well academically or emotionally with online learning and need to get back into classrooms. The Senate’s 26-12 vote Wednesday sends the measure to the House.

Some Democrats argued that the bill was an attack on local control of public K-12 schools

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