Republicans who control the Minnesota Senate are moving ahead with a bill that would repeal Governor Tim Walz’s COVID emergency authority to close schools and impose other restrictions. The bill’s sponsor, Rochester Senator Carla Nelson says the decision should rest with school districts — and she says current restrictions are hurting students:

“I had a first-grade teacher call me two nights ago to say, for the first time in her teaching career, 75 percent of her first-graders do not know their letters.”

Democrats say the governor’s current restrictions give school districts latitude to re-open classrooms — but only when it’s safe for students and staff.