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“Our teachers, administrators, parents - they’re doing amazing work with distance learning,” DeWine said.
Responses to DeWine’s tweet ran the gamut, with some urging the governor to keep schools closed to prevent the spread of disease and others calling for him to reopen schools, saying parents needed to be able to go to work to support their family.
Several commenters suggested DeWine at least set a deadline for a decision on the rest of the semester, to help schools, parents and students plan. Others said online learning was not going well, either for technical, communication or school effort reasons.
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On Wednesday, the state legislature approved multiple school changes for this year, including the cancellation of state testing, plus greater flexibility for both online learning and graduation options for high school seniors.
Some analysts said those changes opened the door for the state to close school buildings for the rest of the year, but DeWine didn’t jump on that opportunity Thursday.