August 28, 2020 Baltimore County

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski issued the following statement following the announcement from Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon:

"As County Executive and a former teacher, I want nothing more than to get all our kids back to the classroom as quickly as possible-especially our youngest learners and students with disabilities and special needs. But we can only do that when we know we can keep our students and educators safe. Governor Hogan has been absent for months on calls where I and other local leaders have been asking for reopening guidelines from the state. Now, days before schools open, the Governor and Superintendent Salmon have finally released their guidance, while dangling $10 million to convince historically underfunded systems to open-whether they are ready or not. That's not leadership. Maryland students and families deserve better."