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Students across Tennessee are returning to school this week as many districts reopen. Not all students will return to the classroom though, some like Metro Nashville Public Schools students will learn virtually instead.

Nashville Tennessean

Lawmakers on Tuesday grilled Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn while hearing from educators about the state’s response to reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schwinn along with Sara Morrison, executive director of the State Board of Education and seven superintendents from across the state, appeared before the Tennessee House Education Committee for its annual summer study session, with higher education officials slated to appear Wednesday.

Schwinn, who has faced some vocal critics from conservative activists ahead of this week’s hearing, started off explaining the Tennessee Department of Education’s response and the support it provided to school districts when schools closed this spring and in anticipation of reopening this fall. She then fielded questions from lawmakers