(Right Country) – On Wednesday, President Donald Trump followed-up the previous day’s presser on re-opening American schools with a warning that he is considering withdrawing federal funding from schools that refuse to re-open over concerns of the coronavirus.
“In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS,” Trump wrote in a tweet, National Review reports. Trump added that Democrats “think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!”
Trump also slammed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “very tough & expensive guidelines” for opening schools, saying he disagrees with the rules.
“While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!” Trump wrote.
On Tuesday at the White House presser, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield outlined some of his agency’s recommendations for schools to be able to reopen. These included disinfecting surfaces, placing desks six feet apart, establishing “one-way routes,” and closing communal spaces.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos signaled emphatic agreement with Trump on reopening schools in the fall, saying that the government is “very seriously” exploring at pulling federal funding from schools that keep their doors closed.
“Kids have got to continue learning and schools have got to open up,” DeVos said on Fox News. “There’s got to be a concerted effort to address the needs of all kids, and adults who are fear-mongering and making excuses simply have to stop doing it and turn their attention to what is right for students and for their families.”
She also wrote on Twitter that schools must “get creative about how to deliver a full school year of learning.”
Earlier this week, Trump vowed to “put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.”
National Review notes:
Schools across the country transitioned to online learning in mid-March, and some districts have said they will adopt a partially remote model for students in the fall. In New York City, the city’s 1.1 million students will attend in-person classes two or three times a week and take classes online on the other school days, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Florida governor Ron DeSantis will require all K-12 schools to reopen in August despite a spike in coronavirus cases in the state.