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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he wants students to return to classrooms by April.

Baker, a Republican, and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley both shared their views on resuming in-person learning during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

"Our administration has been clear for months [that] the best place for kids is in the classroom, and today, Commissioner Riley started a process .

.. to get more kids back into the classroom full time by phasing out remote-only learning in April," Baker said.


Riley announced that he will be asking the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to grant him the authority "to determine when the hybrid and remote models no longer count for learning hours."

The commissioner, who vowed to "take a phased-in approach to returning students to the classroom" in consultation with public health officials, said he would bring back all elementary school students to in-person learning five days a week in April. He added that middle school students would be brought back later in the year and "possibly" high school students as well.

After the press conference, Baker tweeted that "the science is clear" that "kids can safely return to classrooms."

The science is clear: Kids can safely return to classrooms, where they are best-positioned to grow + thrive.

That's why we've made funding, supplies + public health tools available for districts.

Today @MASchoolsK12 is taking steps to promote in-person learning this school year

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) February 23, 2021

Leaders across the nation are grappling with differing approaches to returning students to classrooms roughly a year into the coronavirus pandemic.

President Biden said he hoped most of the United States would resume in-person learning within the first 100 days of his administration. Stopping short of pushing for vaccinations for teachers as a prerequisite for reopening schools, as many teachers unions have demanded, the administration has stressed that vaccinating educators remains a "priority."

"Teachers should be a priority [for vaccinations]," Vice President Kamala Harris said on Wednesday.


Representatives for Baker did not immediately reply to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

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Baker Mayfield tweeted that he saw a UFO last night. Knowing that Baker Mayfield saw a UFO, football fans had one question on their minds and it was not whether the truth was out there. Everyone wanted to know what Colin Cowherd would have to say about this.

Baker Mayfield has been a favorite target of Cowherd's over the years. From the way he wears his hat to the type of car he is, Cowherd has gotten a ton of mileage out of Mayfield over the last couple years. But what would he say about this sighting? Would he tell his audience he prefers a quarterback more focus on RPOs than UFOs?

So, Baker Mayfield saw a UFO...

"Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw & Tom Brady have never seen aliens. I would prefer my guys don't talk about it." —@ColinCowherd

— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 4, 2021

Cowherd would prefer his franchise quarterbacks not talk about aliens, but he had to admit that Aaron Rodgers has also seen a UFO. Kind of like Tom Brady with a backwards hat. When you win, you get to do those types of things.

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