PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Washington Governor Jay Inslee spoke about plans for schools this fall during a press conference on Thursday, saying the state of Washington will ultimately make the decision, not the White House.
“As with a lot of their claims, they have tried to bully us into making decisions that are not best in the state of Washington. We know this – decisions about schools, and how to have it on site or otherwise, will remain with the state of Washington. These are Washington students and Washington state has the legal authority to make the decision about their education,” he said.
Inslee said he hopes schools can open, and wants it to be done in the safest way possible.
“We have not been bullied, we are not going to be bullied, his bullying will fail yet again. And as necessary of course we have the courts available.”
Tuesday marked the day Washington businesses are no longer allowed to serve customers who don’t wear face coverings. It’s part of Inslee’s “Mask Up, Open Up” campaign aimed at driving down infection rates and COVID-19 case numbers across the state.
The overall total in Washington state is nearly 38,000 cases with 1,394 reported deaths. Additionally, the state’s positive rate from testing is now 5.9%.