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LISTEN: Conn. Teachers Union Head: Mask Mandates YES, Vaccine Mandates NO

The new head of Connecticut’s largest teachers union says -- for now -- she would oppose mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for Connecticut's teachers.

New Connecticut Education Association President Kate Dias indicated on All Things Considered her opposition is conditional on the actions of the Food and Drug Administration. Gov. Ned Lamont’s latest set of executive orders -- including one requiring masks in public schools -- expires on Sept. 30. Lamont says he’s planning to meet soon with state employee unions to get their input. Dias says she supports another COVID-related mandate ahead of a planned return to full in-person learning this fall. Click on the link to our interview to hear more.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.