State Rep. Jeff Backer, one of the members of the New House Republican Caucus. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Republican State Representative Jeff Backer of Browns Valley told the KMRS Legislator’s Corner this weekend that his office has had some strong reactions from school officials not pleased with the governor’s order to close schools through the end of this academic year.

“I’m getting pushback from some of the schools in my district on that, because it’s having more of a negative effect on the children and the staff like that, from an education (standpoint…,” said Backer. “And don’t get me wrong. The teachers are doing excellent, administrations are doing great with the limited resources. But at the end of the day, it is still not the same environment as if they were in a classroom. There’s reasons why people need to get together for their mental health.”

Backer said he would like to see the governor allow more flexibility in allowing school boards to decide what is best for their district. The complete interview with Rep. Backer can be found at our website,, under the News tab in the Community Connection section.


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