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Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson, left, discusses an order from Gov. Laura Kelly, right, to close the state's public and private K-12 schools for the rest of the semester, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Watson says a task force will have recommendations for continuing teaching online and in small groups. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

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