Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave New York schools the green light Friday to reopen classrooms in the fall.
Cuomo’s announcement ended weeks of speculation about whether the state would follow others in delaying in-person education.
But Cuomo’s announcement is not likely to be the last word on this contentious issue. There continues to be stiff opposition from teachers and parents to resuming in-class education, especially in New York City which has the nation’s biggest public school system with more than 1.1 million students.
Cuomo’s directive leaves it up to local politicians and superintendents to decide whether and how to reopen. And while Cuomo said schools can reopen if they are in a region where the average rate of positive coronavirus tests is below 5 percent, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would only open the city’s schools if the rate was below 3 percent.
New York, as of Friday, has reported 425,047 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 33,566 deaths. Most of the fatalities occurred during the spring when the pandemic was hitting the Northeast the hardest.
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Joe Murphy is a data editor at NBC News Digital.
Corky Siemaszko is a senior writer for NBC News Digital.
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