President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway hosted a discussion on the reopening of America’s schools, featuring parents, educators, and administrators.
The Trump administration advocates for sending kids back to school for in-person learning, arguing that both science and common sense give the green light for America’s schools to reopen. Sending kids back to school also alleviates work restrictions for parents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled comprehensive guidelines for schools to reopen safely while minimizing the risk for children, and the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislates funding to give schools the necessary resources to reopen safely.
Secretary DeVos advocated against a “one-size fits all” approach and encouraged schools to make decisions based on science over fear.
#NEW: Education Secretary Betsy Devos— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) August 12, 2020
"For students and their families they can't be held captive to other people's fears or agendas."
Devos rejects a "one-size fits all" approach to reopening schools nationwide. (Thread)
President Trump said that federal education aid should give parents the choice of where to send their children if certain schools do not reopen in the Fall and that the money should "follow the student":
President Trump on federal school funding: "I think the money should follow the student... We're having a hard time with the Democrats -- they want the money to follow the union." pic.twitter.com/PemBmLJD5W— The Hill (@thehill) August 12, 2020