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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem among influential Women of the Century from Mount Rushmore State

It takes a strong person to live in South Dakota.

The harsh winters, the isolation of rural parts of the state, and the uncertainty of relying on Mother Nature to provide a livelihood in agriculture are all reasons some may choose to avoid living in the Mount Rushmore State. 

But for those who live here, there’s beauty in the prairie, in the Black Hills, in the serenity of a cold winter day. There’s also ample opportunity to make an impact on the community, and from the state’s inception, South Dakota women have been making their mark.

In August, America marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, when women gained the legal right to vote. In commemoration of the occasion, the USA TODAY Network is naming 10 American women from all 50 states and the District of Columbia who’ve made significant contributions to their respective states and country as Women

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Maryland’s governor continues his public health retreat

One of the mistakes commonly made during the recent public debate over whether to open schools this fall or conduct classes online has been to consider the ramifications only in the context of students, educators and their families. This is understandable. No one is more directly affected. But during the worst pandemic to hit this nation in a century, schools — public and private — must also be looked upon as potential transmission sites in the same way that bars, restaurants, churches, businesses and every other place where the public might gather must be. This isn’t just about keeping young Tommy or Tamika safe, or their extended families or even their teachers, but about keeping the broader communities safe until COVID-19 is under reasonable control.

That’s why Gov. Larry Hogan’s abrupt decision this week to grant special status to schools by amending an emergency statewide order to prevent local health

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The Maryland county where Barron Trump attends school ordered private schools to stay closed until October, but the governor overrode the decision

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump walk across the South Lawn before leaving the White House on board Marine One November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump walk across the South Lawn before leaving the White House on board Marine One November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday issued an emergency order to block the county where Barron Trump goes to school from banning private schools from opening for in-person instruction.

  • On Friday, the Montgomery County, Maryland, health officer issued a mandate that ordered private schools remain closed for in-person learning until at least October 1.

  • President Trump’s son, Barron, attends the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in the Maryland county.

  • “The blanket closure mandate imposed by Montgomery County was “overly broad and inconsistent with the powers intended to be delegated to the county health officer,” Hogan said in a statement Monday.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday blocked a county’s

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Governor wants South Dakota schools open with no mask mandate

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday said she will push for schools to stay open this fall, but disparaged any requirements for children to wear masks in classrooms.

As parents and school boards cautiously weigh the risks and benefits of schools reopening, the Republican governor emphasized the educational and social upside of a return to in-person learning, citing research that COVID-19 poses less of a threat to children. But Noem appears selective in the research she uses for her decisions, pointing to studies that indicate a low health risk from the virus, while downplaying scientific findings that show masks could slow the spread of the disease.

“We cannot sacrifice the educational, physical, emotional and social well-being of our kids. The risks of COVID are too minimal for us to make sure that they’re all going to stay home,” Noem said at a news conference at John Harris Elementary in

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Teachers sue Florida governor over school reopening plan

The Florida Education Association, a union representing 145,000 educators, filed a lawsuit on Monday against Governor Ron DeSantis and the state’s Department of Education in an attempt to stop schools from reopening at the end of August. The lawsuit argues Florida’s plan to reopen schools is unsafe due to the coronavirus pandemic, and therefore violates the state constitution, CBS Miami reports.

“The Florida Constitution mandates ‘[a]dequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools,'” the lawsuit says. “The Defendants’ unconstitutional handling of their duties has infringed upon this mandate and requires the courts to issue necessary and appropriate relief.”

The lawsuit also names Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez as defendants. 

“The governor needs to accept the reality of the situation here in Florida, where the virus is surging out of control,” FEA

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California Governor Gavin Newsom Orders Majority Of State’s Schools To Close Campuses, Move To Virtual Instruction Only; Los Angeles County Will Follow Newsom’s Lead

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At his Friday news conference, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered counties on the state’s coronavirus watch list to shut down school campuses this fall, at least to begin the school year. The 32 counties on the list — which include Los Angeles and most of Southern California — must switch to virtual instruction only. The state’s two largest districts, Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, had already announced plans to begin the new academic year with online-only courses.

The mandate applies to private as well as public schools, according to Newsom.

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In order to physically reopen schools, counties will have to meet the state’s attestation requirements. Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Diego and Riverside counties are on the watch list.

Shortly after Newsom’s accouncement, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced it would follow the governor’s order,

Counties

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Mayors Give Florida Governor Feedback On School Reopenings

MIAMI, FL — When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled to the state’s epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday he was hoping to have an honest exchange with local mayors in Miami-Dade County about the ongoing surge in cases of the deadly virus.

The mayors were more than willing to share their thoughts on the virus and even how the virus affected their own families.

“I have young children like you do. My wife is probably not going to put our 2-year -old in preschool,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez shared with the state’s top executive. “She was showing me desks that she was thinking of buying for my son’s room, so he could learn virtually.”

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Suarez, who was one of the first elected officials in the United States to contract the coronavirus and recover, suggested the state should have a long-term plan

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FL Governor Says He Would Not Hesitate To Send His Kids To School

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would not hesitate to send his three small children to school if they were old enough.

“At the end of the day, we need our society to function,” the governor told reporters at a stop in Jacksonville Thursday with U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “We need our society to continue to move forward. We can take steps to be able to minimize risk when you’re talking about coronavirus, but we can’t just leave society on the mat.”

Scalia said the protracted school closures around the nation have disproportionately hurt working women and low-income families.

“It’s hard enough to telecommute while the kids are in school, but (for) many parents, that’s not even an option,” Scalia said. “Those are lower income parents that we know have been hit harder by the virus, and we think it’s particularly important to help get

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