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February 5, 2021 – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s announcement during her State of the State address that schools could reopen starting Feb. 8 caught many school districts by surprise. While the governor pointed out that the state’s two largest teachers unions were onboard with her reopening criteria, individual teachers have voiced concern about their exposure to COVID-19 and their standing within the state’s vaccination plan. The Line opinion panel discusses the steps some districts are taking, as the state’s largest school system, Albuquerque Public Schools, delayed a decision on its plan until later in February. 

Host: Gene Grant 

The Line Opinion Panel: 
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group 
Sophie Martin, attorney 
Ed Perea, attorney and public safety expert 

For More Information: 
Hobbs Schools Ready for Return – KRQE-TV 
APS Delays Reopening DecisionAlbuquerque Journal 
Schools to Decide Whether to Follow Gov’s RecommendationAlbuquerque Journal 
Teacher Safety ConcernsSanta Fe New Mexican