Iowa teachers write and send their own obituaries to governor ahead of fall reopenings


Iowa teachers are sending mock obituaries to Iowa Gov. Kimberly Reynolds (R) in hopes she will reconsider her school plans for the fall, ABC News reported Thursday.

The movement started after art teacher Jeremy Dumkreiger, who helped start the Facebook group Iowa Educators for a Safe Return to School, shared his self-authored obituary in an op-ed for the local news blog Iowa Starting Line. In the July 16 post, Dumkreiger called on other teachers to write their obituaries to “demand Gov. Reynolds declare a statewide school mask mandate.”

“If we do not require this mask mandate, we risk the chance of driving our teachers and schools into the ground, literally,” he wrote.

The movement has since evolved, with several educators now writing their own obits in hopes of Reynolds providing more guidance on reopening schools.

“I think what we were trying to do is humanize us in her mind, make her see us as people,” Kerry Finley, a 7th grade teacher in Iowa City, told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Reynolds provided guidance at a press conference Thursday. She said the state will be providing personal protective equipment to schools for an initial 30 days.

She added that the Iowa Department of Edu... (Read more)

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