Maryland State Education Association responds to Gov. Hogan’s school return demand
MARYLAND — In response to Gov. Larry’s Hogan’s request for all 24 of Maryland’s school systems to return to hybrid or in-person learning by March 1st, the state’s teachers union says the Governor’s demands will not help schools reach that threshold any sooner.
The Maryland State Education Association’s president, Cheryl Bost, wrote in statement Thursday saying in part quote, “No one wants to open school buildings safely and sustainably sooner than educators. So let’s focus on what we need to do to get there rather than point fingers and threaten educators who are working harder than ever.”
Bost adds that many educators are trying to get vaccines and are being told that they are not yet available in their counties. She continues saying, “No one is happy with the inequities that this pandemic has exacerbated or the trauma and pain that is has caused. Instead of moving goalposts and trying to scare educators, let’s focus on what we need to do to open schools safely and sustainably.”
This comes after teachers became eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1B of the governor’s plan on Monday, January 21st.