Vault these kids forward, Governor Tim Walz said today (Tues) at an elementary school in White Bear Lake, announcing he’s using 75 million dollars in federal funds for academic enrichment and mental health support beginning this summer in school districts and charter schools across Minnesota.  The governor says he thinks it’s what parents want for their children:

“It provides them the consistency too, because many of them are going to be rolling back into their jobs where we’re not working from home any more — all of those positive things.”

Senate Education Committee Chairman, Lino Lakes Republican Roger Chamberlain says there was always plenty of federal money to meet the state’s summer school needs, and the governor saying the state needed to fund it was an “unnecessary threat.”

Chamberlain says there’s one more step the governor needs to take:  unmask the kids.  But the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Doctor Anthony Fauci, told A-B-C News that children who aren’t vaccinated — including those under 12 who won’t be eligible for months — should continue wearing masks indoors.

The governor says about extra summer school funds he’s making available:

“We’re really encouraging districts to see education different, to re-imagine what can be; to start thinking about closing that achievement gap; to use the pandemic as an inflection point.”