Evers disputes Republican suspicion he’s plotting to shut down schools

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says he has no secret plans to ban in-person instruction for Wisconsin’s K-12 students this fall.

Republican lawmakers are fretting that Evers is plotting to order schools to close and offer only online instruction as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

But the governor told reporters during a video conference Tuesday that he has no plans for such a move.

Instead, he insisted, he’s leaving the decision up to local school districts.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he’s still afraid Evers will cave to pressure from liberal groups and shut schools down.