State Education Officials Push For Speedy Return To In-Person Learning

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Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley. (State House News Service)
Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley. (State House News Service)

Here is the Radio Boston rundown for Feb. 23. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • This morning, Massachusetts State Rep. Jon Santiago officially entered the race to be the next mayor of Boston. He joins us to talk about why he decided to run and what he sees as the most important issues facing the city.
  • The Massachusetts vaccine appointment website is back up and running, but many are still bitter about it crashing last week when about a million more people became eligible for vaccination. State lawmakers on a new legislative oversight committee are preparing to ask Gov. Charlie Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders about the website crash, and other issues with the state's vaccine rollout, at a public hearing on Thursday. We discuss with Northampton Democratic State Sen. Jo Comerford, who co-chairs the oversight committee.
  • Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said he wants elementary students to return to in-person learning five days a week, starting in April. Riley will ask members of the state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to authorize him to move forward with this plan at a meeting next month. WBUR's Max Larkin gives us the latest.
  • We take listener questions with Dr. Helen Boucher, Chief of Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center, and a professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and Dr. Davidson Hamer, professor of infectious diseases and medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, and a professor at Boston University School of Public Health.

This program aired on February 23, 2021.


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