At a Wednesday, March 10th press conference, Gov. Roy Cooper, Senate Leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt announced a deal for reopening schools across North Carolina.

Watch the recorded press conference from WRAL below.

The new plan means that most public school students could be back to in-person instruction within 21 days of when the bill is signed.

The John Locke Foundation’s Dr. Terry Stoops offered these words to Carolina Journal on the compromise:

“The Cooper administration recognized that his veto of Senate Bill 37 was unpopular with North Carolinians and inconsistent with the scientific consensus on school reopening… So, it’s not surprising that he quickly ironed out his differences with the sponsors of the bill.

Thankfully, with this agreement in place, thousands of public school children will have the option of in-person learning by early April.  It is better late than never.”

Read full coverage of the deal in Carolina Journal here.