Gov. Baker says students can leave the masks at home

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Gov. Charlie Baker gives an address at the State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Gov. Charlie Baker gives an address at the State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for February 9. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • When students come back from February vacation, some will be able to leave the masks at home. Governor Baker announced today that the state mask mandate for schools will be lifted February 28th, though it will be up to individual districts – and families – to decide whether or not they want to keep masks on. We talk about the move and take listener calls with Dr. Katherine Gergen-Barnett, Vice Chair of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center, and Dana Bentley, assistant professor in early childhood programs at Lesley University and a classroom teacher at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Almi Abeyta, superintendent for Chelsea Public Schools.
  • Phillis Wheatley was brought to Massachusetts as a slave not long before the Revolutionary War. And yet, despite that, she went on to become a hugely celebrated poet. This month marks 250 years since the first announcement was made about her upcoming publications. We're joined by Peter Drummey, chief historian at the Massachusetts Historical Society, to hear her story.
  • As part of our election year coverage, we're inviting major candidates running for state office in Massachusetts to come and make their case to voters. Today, former Boston City Councilor and mayoral candidate Andrea Campbell joins us to talk about her candidacy for Attorney General.

This program aired on February 9, 2022.


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