Trump Threatens To Cut Funding For Schools That Don’t Reopen

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The Trump administration believes pushing for a nationwide open for in-person classes come fall will be a critical move to just-start the suffering economy.

President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are threatening to cut off federal funding to schools that do not open their doors this fall due to coronavirus concerns.

In a recent Tweet he suggests it is a Democrat ploy to hurt him politically by tweeting: “In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families.”

In a conference call with governors across the country, Devos stated: “Risk is involved in everything we do, from learning to ride a bike to riding a rocket into space and everything in between.”

The CDC website states: Schools can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials to the extent possible, whether and how to implement these considerations while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each community. The more people a student or staff member interacts with, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

President Trump counters CDC advice tweeting: “I disagree with the @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools. While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!”

The Trump administration believes pushing for a nationwide open for in-person classes come fall will be a critical move to just-start the suffering economy.

According to Truthout, Trump’s complaint over how schools are reopening in Europe fails to take into account the fact that those nations are themselves implementing strong rules for social distancing and other methods for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

It is also important to keep in mind that cases are on the rise in the U.S., unlike many other countries.

Even though federal officials have limited influence over state and local authorities as to how they will choose to run and reopen their schools, Trump and Devos’ unflinching messages will be big influencers. According to Politico, the federal government controls only about 10 percent of funding for the nation’s schools, which includes tens of billions of dollars for low-income school districts and special education. But their threats could cause unnecessary pressure on schools that maybe should not reopen so quickly.

“Ultimately it’s not a matter of if schools should reopen. It’s simply a matter of how. They must fully open, and they must be fully operational and how that happens is best left to education and community leaders,” says Devos.

  • rgaura

    We now know that children do not get or transmit this flu. In fact, in basically healthy people, anyone under 45 years old has 0% chance of dying from it. The herd immunity is unusually low, about 20% and will be reached in a week or so. As everyone has had many corona viruses, we mostly have developed immunities. 80% of those infected will have no symptoms, or minor discomforts. Even the hysterical propagandist, Fauci said months ago that this pandemic will weigh in as taking a similar toll to a virulent flu in other years.
    The closure of schools was never warranted, scientifically. They should be opened, without anything more than training in hand washing and closing toilets before flushing, as transmission is probably more fecal/oral than respiratory. Putting children in draconian isolation and restrictive atmospheres, as many states propose to do is insanely irrational, and constitutes abuse. It looks like the corporate democratic and republican parties are conspiring to triangulate a false controversy once again in order to destroy public education. Lets not perpetuate this propaganda.

  • Edward Winslow

    Can you cite any peer-reviewed sources for your claims?

  • kevinzeese

    There have been children and even babies who have died from COVID so you have your facts wrong. You are way off base in your constant comments denying the reality of the pandemic. There have been more than 130,000 deaths so far. There will probably be 250,000 deaths by Election Day. This is more deaths than any illnesses except for heart disease and cancer.

    You are posting nonsense. All should be warned that whenever rgaura writes about COVID you should doubt everything he says as he is almost consistently stating falsehoods.

  • sabelmouse

    flushing with lid closed is of course often not possible with public toilets where it counts, re legionnaires disease, for instance.
    hand washing and NOT coughing/sneezing onto others should be normal.

  • sabelmouse

    have there or was that the claim just as with the many who did of cancer, heart disease,strokes but were buried as covid deaths?

  • sabelmouse

    you are ON the www!

  • rgaura

    The children who have died were cancer patients and such, in terms of a percentage, it amounts to 0%

  • Edward Winslow

    I will take your avoidance as a no.

  • rgaura

    I did send 2 long missives with links to you, Edward. I also answered Kevin´s reply. I guess I am being censored on this site.

  • sabelmouse

    maybe that explains why the www is no use to you.