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As a person that has held education to be a priority my entire life, I am proud of our House Republicans pushing legislation that would empower our local school districts to make the best decisions for their districts and remove the governor's ability to unilaterally keep schools closed.

The bill doesn't force local schools to reopen, but simply puts the decision in the hands of local school districts. It makes sense to let teachers, parents, superintendents, and locally-elected school boards plan and decide what works best for their students based on what those specific districts are facing.

I am deeply disappointed that every single member of the House DFL voted to block H.F. 1051 making Gov. Tim Walz's power to shut down schools more important than trusting our local school districts. This specifically includes Rep. Kelly Morrison, who is my state representative in District 33B. So much for education being a priority for Rep. Morrison.

I believe that the DFL isn’t listening to what we want in our communities or they would have voted in favor of the bill and supported our kids and schools.

John Kunitz

Chanhassen

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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