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    A child attends an online class at a learning hub inside the Crenshaw Family YMCA during the Covid-19 pandemic on February 17, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images It's almost one year into the coronavirus pandemic and students are still suffering, especially Blacks and Hispanics. Many schools around the nation have yet to open their doors to students, while some are offering a mix of in-person and virtual learning (called hybrid). Others have fully opened their classrooms. President Joe Biden is pushing for schools to reopen as soon as possible, aiming to have K-8 students be back in school full-time by the time the president has been in office for 100 days. "Learning loss is happening. It is real and it is inequitable," said Jimmy Sarakatsannis, a partner in McKinsey & Company's Washington, D.C., office. His firm updated its June report on Covid 19's...
    While progress has been made on President Biden's goal to reopen most schools within 100 days after one month in office, nearly 60 percent of students are still not going to school full-time. Currently, 41.9 percent of children K-12 are learning in the classroom five days per week, up from 35.4 percent on Jan. 19, one day before Biden took office, according to data gathered by school reopening tracker Burbio. Virtual learning is being used in 31.7 percent of schools, down from 42.6 on Jan. 19, and a hybrid form of in-person and virtual is in place at 26.4 percent of schools, up from 22 percent. Hybrid learning differs in the amount of classroom time by district.  Burbio aggregates data from over 80,000 schools throughout the country, including those in the 200 largest districts, in every state of the U.S. to count the percentage of students back in the classroom. The total number of...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took aim at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a fiery speech where he highlighted his state’s commitment to keeping schools open. “What the CDC put out, 5:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, I wonder why they would do it then, was quite frankly a disgrace. It would require, if you actually follow that, closing 90% of schools in the United States,” DeSantis said. “We are open, we remain open, and we are not turning back.” The updated CDC guidance features a color-coded system that recommends basing school opening decisions on the extent of community spread in the area. Districts in the red zone would face the most restrictions, with only elementary schools remaining open while middle and high schools would be forced to close to in-person instruction. But DeSantis said the updated guidelines go against the available science, instead highlighting Florida’s success with...
    Former Secretary of Education Dr. Bill Bennet said Monday "it is a scandal" for many major public schools in the U.S. to continue to be shut down under President Joe Biden’s administration. "It’s true now that a lot of kids may not see classrooms until September," Bennett said during an appearance on "America’s Newsroom." "This is a catastrophe for these kids, and there’s no beating around the bush on this." Bennett asserted that the U.S. could have a "lost generation" of children who will suffer academically, socially, and morally if a plan to return them to the classroom is not created soon. PSAKI ADMITS PARENTS SHOULDN'T BE 'SATISFIED' WITH IN-PERSON SCHOOL ONE DAY A WEEK AS BIDEN TAKES HEAT He added that a loss of a year or more of schooling for American schoolchildren will continue to lead to a multitude of mental health conditions, including anxiety, alienation, and destructive...
    When COVID-19 first reared its ugly head in the United States last spring, we immediately closed schools, with no knowledge of how it would affect our children. But as spring turned to summer turned to fall, evidence mounted from countries around the world and select U.S. cities that sending our kids to school is not only safe, but preferred. Yet nearly a year later, many of our kids remain at home with no other option but virtual school and the consequences are staggering. Over the course of the last year, children needing mental health counseling jumped dramatically, with emergency rooms seeing a 24% increase in mental health-related visits from children ages 5 to 11 compared to last year. The increase among teens is even higher, reaching a staggering 31%. Adolescent suicides are up and an estimated 17 million kids – many of whom are reliant on subsidized school lunches – are at risk of going hungry. SEN....
    (CNN)White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that President Joe Biden's goal is to have schools open five days a week in-person, but stressed the administration would follow the guidance of science and medical experts on how to safely reopen. "The President will not rest until every school is open five days a week. That is our goal," Psaki said at a White House briefing. Psaki said the administration would be following the highly anticipated guidance that is expected to be put out on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how best to safely reopen schools. The White House faced some criticism from parents, teachers, students and local officials after Psaki said their goal was to have in-person teaching at least one day a week in the majority of schools within Biden's first 100 days in office. That marker fell short of what many expected Biden was...
    President Biden's new target for reopening schools -- having more than 50% of public schools offering at least one day of in-person classes a week -- is behind where the nation's public schools already are.  According to data from Burbio, a digital platform that tracks school data from across the country, 66 percent of students in kindergarten through 12th grade are already attending traditional in-person classes five days a week, or are on a hybrid schedule -- meaning they attend at least one day a week or more. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki surprised reporters earlier this week in saying that schools will be considered "open" as long as they teach in-person at least one day a week – a goal that the U.S. is already largely achieving. Psaki attempted to soften the landing of the White House's announcement Wednesday, telling reporters that the president’s ideal objective "is for all schools to...
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    BORIS Johnson is under pressure to reopen schools early as some Tory MPs backed a call to get kids back in class after half term. The Prime Minister has announced schools cannot reopen before March 8, but 18 Conservative MPs have backed UsforThem - a campaign calling for schools to reopen on February 22. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Boris Johnson said reopening schools is a priority, but it must be done carefullyCredit: Getty - Pool 5Schools are only open to children of key workers currentlyCredit: PA:Press Association 5Former Cabinet minister Esther McVey is backing calls for children to return to school after half termCredit: PA:Press Association Among those backing the pledge are former Cabinet minister Esther McVey, ex-ministers Steve Baker, Tim Loughton and Harriet Baldwin, The Telegraph reports. Ms Mcvey said today: "With the vaccination rollout going so well on the one hand,...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is warning the city’s teachers union Thursday that "enough is enough" and a deal must be struck immediately to reopen public schools during the coronavirus pandemic, as students suffering from "failing grades, depression [and] isolation... cannot afford to wait any longer."  Lightfoot made the powerful declaration as tens of thousands of K-8 students in the nation’s third-largest school district lost what was supposed to be their first week back for in-person learning.  Chicago Public Schools (CPS) -- for the sixth time in a little over a week -- told parents to keep their children home for remote learning Thursday as its bitter dispute with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) over reopening conditions is delaying students from returning to classrooms.  "We need our kids back in school. We need our parents to have that option. It should not be that CPS parents out of all our schools in our city are the only ones who don’t have the options...
    London (CNN)Ella is now working from home. She joins many around the world, fellow Brits -- and her parents -- in succumbing to safety over normalcy. She is 12 years old, a high school student in south London.12-year-old Ella, perhaps like most children, was excited at first about not going to school. Now, she just wants to get back."When I was in Year Seven and the first lockdown came, we were like, 'Oh my gosh, this is so good! We don't have to go to school!'" she said from her dining room, via Zoom. "And now I'm just like, 'Oh please let me go back to school.'"As in much of Europe, the British government has made face-to-face learning a priority in the pandemic. Apart from the first lockdown in spring 2020, it had managed to keep schools open through the autumn. That was done, despite, at times, shutting all non-essential...
    President-elect Joe Biden is repeating his call for most schools to reopen by the end of the first 100 days of his presidency, but some Republican lawmakers question why it should take so long. During a recent call with 30 governors, of both parties, Biden said: "I'm going to ask, and I know it's going to be controversial with some of you, but I'm going to ask that we’re going to be able to open schools at the end of 100 days," adding, "That's going to take a lot of money, but we know how to do it. If we have the money and the funding, everything from ventilation to more teachers to smaller class sizes — a whole range of things." Biden in early December requested that Congress provide money for schools to obtain needed apparatus and other resources to establish their safety protocols in an effort to...
    Since New York City first went into lockdown in March, no single event has had a more direct positive impact on my family than the reopening of in-person schooling. My middle-school-aged son looks forward to going to school now, and I was finally able to get back to work, lending my family a much-needed economic lifeline. In-person schooling was the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Families like mine depend on the public schools, so as I watch the number of coronavirus cases tick up, I’m praying that Mayor de Blasio and his advisers will keep our schools open. In the past several days, I’ve noticed more elected officials speaking out in favor of keeping schools open. They see what ­in-person school means for people in their neighborhoods. That’s heartening. Another thing I’ve noticed, though, is that these same politicians pull their punches when it comes to...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers on Tuesday to come up with a 'plan B' as the city braces for possible schools closures due to a growing positivity rate that now sits at 2.7 per cent.  During a press conference, the mayor said the city must be vigilant in efforts to fight against the virus and get the positivity rate down before it hits 3 per cent.  If the positivity rate reaches 3 per cent, de Blasio will close all school buildings in the city. The 3 per cent mark was set over the summer as the city was trying to avoid a teachers' strike.  When the mayor was asked if health officials have given him a forecast that the city will hit that 3 per cent threshold by the end of this week, de Blasio said: 'There's been a lot of unpredictability in this whole process over these months. ...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Even though the fate of New York City schools is up in the air right now, an important deadline is fast approaching. Sunday is the last day to sign up for blended learning. This is for families who have chosen remote-only learning up until now, and want their child to attend in-person instruction on a part-time basis. More: De Blasio Says NYC Parents Should Be Ready ‘As Early As Monday’ For All-Remote Learning New York City officials say the seven day positivity rate Saturday was 2.47%, still below the 3% threshold for closing public schools. That means, as of Saturday, schools will still be open Monday. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Health Experts Stress Need To Fight ‘Mask Exhaustion’ Tri-State Area Coronavirus Travel Advisory List CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions Resources: Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Complete...
    A similar story has come up in many European countries, including Germany, France and the United Kingdom, whose mission was to continue learning in person, despite imposing drastic measures to combat the second wave of corona virus infection. In contrast, major US cities, including Detroit, Boston and Philadelphia, are closing schools and moving classes online. “There are infection rates that are so dangerous to keep schools open that this has happened in many places in Europe,” said Anthony Steins, a professor of health systems at Dublin City University. But he said the key answer should be “effective, high-resource public health.” “Schools spread this virus, but they are not the main way to spread it,” he said. Staines said it was appropriate to carry out different activities in different places “because their economic situation is different, the spread of the virus is different.” Israel, for example, has experienced major explosions associated...
    Eric Gaillard/REUTERS ROME—The Ambrosoni family in the central part of the city here have one computer, painfully slow internet, and three children in elementary school, making learning from home something of a challenge. When schools closed down last March, the children essentially stopped learning, the family says. And the family does not want to see that happen again. “During the first lockdown in the spring, each child had to sacrifice a third of their school day so their siblings could also attend classes,” mom Gabriella, who is still on furlough from the last lockdown, told The Daily Beast. “Which means they all basically lost the last part of the school year.” And with dad Angelo working at a restaurant—now subject to further restrictions and likely new closures—buying two more computers just isn’t in the cards at the moment. The Ambrosoni family struggle is mirrored across Europe, where keeping schools...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Republicans say now is the time to open up Minnesota, despite rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. “We think its absolutely essential that kids are in school,” Senator Paul Gazelka said. Senate Majority leader Paul Gazelka and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt unveiled a one page contract that includes: allowing  kids  back in school, allowing  all school sports and activities to resume and allowing local communities to decide bar and restaurant rules. “We trust our parents and our school boards, we trust our city councils and our local communities to keep our citizens and our kids safe,” Rep. Kurt Daudt said. Senator Gazelka says voters are so angry over the governor’s Covid restrictions that he expects in two weeks voters will elect Republican majorities in both the Minnesota House and Senate. As Republicans made their announcement, Governor Tim Walz  was touring southern Minnesota farms to announce federal...
    Children take part in class on their first day of kindergarten on September 9, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut Deadly consequences are the result of schools resuming in-person learning amid the novel coronavirus. Teachers have died as a result of COVID-19 in at least five states since the beginning of the new school year. As the U.S. continues to fail its residents in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, educators worry about the impact that opening schools will have across the country. Since the start of the pandemic, many teachers have expressed their fear of returning back to their classrooms. According to the Associated Press, while it is unclear how many teachers have been infected with COVID-19 nationwide since the school year began, in Mississippi alone at least 600 cases have been reported among school teachers and staff. Without mandatory safety guidelines and measures in place to stop the spread of coronavirus,...
    Idris Elba is to step back into the boxing ring for a BBC Two series, in which he will provide seven disadvantaged young people with lessons in discipline, focus and determination by putting them through an experimental boxing school. “Idris Elba’s Fight School” is a four-part series produced by Workerbee, the Banijay-owned producer behind Quibi series “Elba vs. Block,” and the “Luther” actor’s production company Green Door Pictures. Living and training together over six intense months in London, the school recruits will battle it out against other amateurs and work towards a big showcase finale. They will be trained in the ring by former boxing champions. If they can stick it out, the no-holds-barred, rough-and-ready experience will motivate them to make positive changes, but only if they are open to them. Along the way, they will be mentored by Elba, who has been through similar training himself for Discovery’s...
    By COLLIN BINKLEY and KATIE FOODY, Associated Press As schools across the U.S. decide whether to reopen this fall, many are left wondering how to know if it's safe. Public health experts say virus rates in the community should be low, but there's little agreement on a specific threshold or even a measurement. The federal government has largely left it to state and local governments to decide when it's safe to bring students back to the classroom. The result is a patchwork of policies that vary widely by state and county. Minnesota, for example, suggests fully in-person classes if a county's two-week case rate is no higher than 10 per 10,000 people. In Pennsylvania, it's considered safe if a county's positive virus tests average lower than 5% for a week. The uncertainty has become a source of tension among school leaders who say they are being pressured to reopen without...
    As schools across the U.S. decide whether to reopen this fall, many are left wondering how to know if it’s safe. Public health experts say virus rates in the community should be low, but there’s little agreement on a specific threshold or even a measurement. The federal government has largely left it to state and local governments to decide when it’s safe to bring students back to the classroom. The result is a patchwork of policies that vary widely by state and county. Minnesota, for example, suggests fully in-person classes if a county’s two-week case rate is no higher than 10 per 10,000 people. In Pennsylvania, it’s considered safe if a county’s positive virus tests average lower than 5% for a week. The uncertainty has become a source of tension among school leaders who say they are being pressured to reopen without clear guidelines on how to do it safely....
    Guess what: Mayor Bill de Blasio is actually standing up for kids, despite incessant whines from the teachers and principals unions set on delaying in-person school reopenings. Kudos, Mr. Mayor. On Wednesday, principals’ union boss Mark Cannizzaro conveyed “dire warnings” to the mayor about the city’s plan to open schools Sept. 10. A group of Brooklyn principals similarly said they were “gravely concerned” about the plan and that it’s becoming “clear” that “schools cannot open.” United Federation of Teachers head Michael Mulgrew, who’s already threatened a strike and/or lawsuit, had to chime in, too: “Will any parents be willing to put their children in a school whose principal believes the building is not ready to open because it is not safe?” he snarked. Please. No one wants to put kids in unsafe schools — and no one intends to. see also Cuomo says all NY schools can open...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE on Wednesday continued to push for schools to physically reopen in the fall, asserting that the novel coronavirus is “going away.” “My view is the schools should open. This thing is going away,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends” in a phone interview Wednesday morning, referring to the coronavirus. “It will go away like things go away and my view is that schools should be open.” Cases have been falling over the past two weeks in some states that had experienced heavy outbreaks this summer, such as Florida, Texas and Arizona. But those numbers are falling from high plateaus, and there is a danger the numbers could rise again if people do not take precautions, given what the...
    Two of these kids are doing their own terrible thing Vice President Mike Pence has been touring around with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in recent weeks in the hopes of promoting the Trump administration’s rush to reopen the country, using children and teachers as the guinea pigs for this process. On Wednesday, the two traveled for a set of photo ops in North Carolina, where they visited Thales Academy in Apex. According to the New Observer, the two wore masks as they exited their plane, and they wore masks as they entered the private school. However, once inside, both DeVos and Pence decided the best health practice was to expose an entire fourth grade class to their terrible breath and potentially virus-infected faces and mouths. They took their masks off to tell the children how excited they were to blah blah blah and … take some photos. Unlike most schools in the country, Thales...
    The leader of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control on Friday said the agency's new guidelines are meant to help schools reopen, not keep them closed. [ SEE: The Latest News on the Coronavirus Outbreak ]"They're all put out with the intent to help facilitate … the reopening of schools for face-to-face learning," CDC Director Robert Redfield said on a call with reporters. "They're not really put out there to be a rationale for somehow to keep schools closed, but again, we're prepared to work with each jurisdiction as they try to adopt those guidelines." The CDC on Thursday night released the updated coronavirus guidelines for schools following criticism from President Donald Trump that the agency's previous advice was too strict.Cartoons on the CoronavirusView All 322 ImagesWhile the guidelines emphasize reopening schools with safety precautions like social distancing and mask use, they do recommend that local officials consider closing schools if...
    President Trump, pushing for schools across the country to reopen in the fall, said in a coronavirus briefing he would be comfortable sending his son and grandchildren back to school in the fall. "Regarding the children in your family, your son and grandchildren, are you comfortable, do you plan to have them back in person in school?" ABC News reporter Jon Karl asked during the White House press conference. “Yeah, well I am comfortable with that,” the president responded. Trump added that his administration has a national strategy to help schools reopen in the fall, but “ultimately it’s up to the governors.” He said that there are “great statistics” regarding young people and safety during the coronavirus pandemic. “I would like to see the schools open, open 100 percent, we’ll do it safely, we’ll do it carefully,” Trump said, adding that children have “very strong immune systems.” President Trump addresses Sun Belt...
    There are over 25,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orange County, California. That’s more than 19 U.S. states. It’s more than all of Japan. Twice the count of South Korea. And yet, on Monday evening, the Orange County Board of Education met and, by a 4-1 vote, put forward a plan to reopen schools without requiring masks or enforcing any form of social distancing. That proposal doesn’t just violate the guidelines for school reopening set by the CDC, it goes against the plan put together by the Orange County Department of Education … which is, apparently, a completely different entity. What the board passed is a plan they say was compiled from a “community forum,” and is a perfect illustration of why these decisions can’t be left to individual school boards. Anyone who thinks there’s no district that will put children at risk for purely political reasons, has clearly never met America. What...
    PHOTO BY JOEY ROULETTESen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday continued arguments that schools must reopen to restore normalcy to America’s youth. In an appearance on Fox News, the Senator noted that just as retail and other businesses are open, so too should schools. “People are going to work everyday. They’re going to work at the grocery store. They’re going to work at Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS. They’re picking up garbage. They’re police and fire, the janitors … people are going to work everyday,” Rubio said, adding that “similar expectations should be placed on those in the education system.” “We have to figure out a way to get back into school. Maybe you start a little later, get flexible on the scheduling, but it has to happen,” Rubio said. “The biggest losers in this decision making are going to be lower and middle income families who do not have those options available to them to leave their...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a plan to get students back to the classroom this fall, saying schools can only begin in-person learning once the region has entered “Phase 4” of its reopening. During a press conference Monday, Cuomo announced the state’s plan, which states that schools are able to reopen only if the region it is located in has reached its final phase of reopening. Cuomo also said the daily infection rate in that region needed to remain at 5 percent or lower over a 14-day average. NYC SEES UPTICK IN CORONAVIRUS CASES IN YOUNG ADULTS AGES 20-29 “If you have the virus under control, reopen. If you don’t have the virus under control, then you can’t reopen,” Cuomo said. “We’re not going to use our children as the litmus test,” Cuomo continued. “And we’re not going to put our children in a place where their health...
    (CNN)White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday dismissed the difficulties surrounding getting students back into classrooms this fall as coronavirus cases continue to rise in many states and the school year nears."Just go back to school, we can do that," Kudlow told reporters on Friday. "And you know, you can social distance, you can get your temperature taken, you can be tested, you can have distancing -- come on, it's not that hard."Kudlow's comments seemed to run counter to President Donald Trump's dissatisfaction with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on reopening schools, which the President slammed on Wednesday as "very tough and expensive." Trump also threatened to cut off federal funding for schools if they don't open in the fall, the latest stress for schools already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.While the CDC has released guidance to schools on how to safely bring children back...
    After New York City officials unveiled their school reopening plan, New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz on Friday doubled down on her op-ed contending that the “half-school plan” is a slap in a parent’s face. “We can open the economy and open schools or not open the economy or not open schools but I don’t understand the plan where we open the economy and not open schools. They go hand in hand,” Markowicz told “Fox & Friends.” Markowicz said she doesn't understand how parents will work through it. “I don’t think the governor of New York City is taking this seriously.” TRUMP SIGNS SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF LIABILITY PROTECTIONS OVER 'CENSORING' Markowicz's comments came after she wrote a New York Post op-ed blasting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to reopen schools. VideoShe writes in the op-ed, "Mayor Bill de Blasio and his Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza have...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump has once again threatened to cut funding to schools if they don't open in the fall and slammed remote learning as "terrible". Trump railed against virtual learning early Friday morning on Twitter, claiming that Americans have seen "firsthand" that the process doesn't compare to classroom learning. 7 President Donald Trump again threatened to withhold funding for schools that don't reopen for classroom learning this fallCredit: AFP or licensors 7 Trump also bashed virtual learning as 'terrible' Friday morning on TwitterCredit: The Mega Agency "Now that we have witnessed on a large scale basis, and firsthand, Virtual Learning has proven to be TERRIBLE compared to In School, or On Campus Learning," he tweeted. "Not even close! Schools must be open in the Fall. If not open, why would the Federal Government give Funding? It won't!!!" Now that we have witnessed it on a large scale basis, and firsthand,...
    President Donald Trump demanded on Thursday to ‘stop this nonsense’ and ‘open our schools’ as he accused Democrats with playing politics on keeping kids out of classrooms. ‘We have to open our schools. Open our schools. Stop this nonsense. We open our schools,’ the president said during an event with Hispanic leaders in the Rose Garden of the White House. He argued Democrats want to keep schools closed to help them in the general election this November. The decision to reopen schools lays in the hands of the nation’s governors, who are a mix of both parties. ‘We have to get our schools open and stop this political nonsense and it's only political nonsense. It's politics. They don't want to open because they think it will help them on November 3. I think it's going to hurt them on November 3. Open your schools,’ he said. President Donald Trump...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Wednesday presented a set of guidelines for returning to school this fall. Guidelines that were almost immediately trashed by President Donald Trump. “We hope that most schools are going to be open,” Trump said at a White House event Wednesday. “They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed…no way. We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open.” I disagree with @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!!! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020 Vice President Mike Pence responded to the rebuke during a news conference addressing the issue. Pence said the CDC will...
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding if schools don’t reopen in the fall, and he lashed out at federal health officials over school reopening guidelines that he says are impractical and expensive. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker reacted to the threat at a news conference, calling a uniform approach to reopening “inappropriate.” “I think it’s inappropriate for the feds to think about this as a one-size-fits-all,” Baker said. Taking to Twitter to voice his frustration, Trump argued that countries including Germany, Denmark and Norway have reopened schools “with no problems.” The Republican president also repeated his claim that Democrats want to keep schools closed for political reasons and not because of any risks associated with the coronavirus. 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...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has found a new focus in his attempt to turn around his tumbling political fortunes: Force schools to reopen this fall even as coronavirus continues to rage in several regions of the country."In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS," tweeted Trump on Wednesday morning. "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. May cut off funding if not open!"He followed that up with this tweet: "I disagree with @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!!!"And those tweets come hard on Trump's suggestion -- in an event at the White House on Tuesday -- that any governor not...
    Gripas Yuri/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Amid the record-breaking surge in coronavirus cases and as parents around the country face the enormous decision of whether to send their children back to school this fall, President Trump on Wednesday threatened to pull federal funding from school districts and dismissed the Centers for Disease Control official guidance on how to safely reopen because he claimed to implement the requirements was too onerous and costly. 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. May cut off funding if not open! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020 I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for...
    Tuesday, the president announced his support for opening the country's schools this fall. It seems like a pretty obvious position. But suddenly, it's not. Many people violently disagree with it for reasons that still are not clear, but definitely are not rational. In any case, here's part of what the president said Tuesday. TUCKER CARLSON: CAN THE LEFT REALLY LEAD A COUNTRY IT HATES? We hope that most schools are going to be open. We don't want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons. They think it's going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed. No way. So we're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools. To get them open and it's very important. It's very important for our country. It's very important for the well-being of the student and the parents. So...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said it is time to start thinking about reopening schools, but also noted that the hardest-hit communities will need to "be creative" by implementing "some modifications" to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks. "I think we need to discuss the pros and the cons of bringing kids back to school in September," Fauci told CNN. "I hesitate to make any broad statements about whether it is or is not quote 'safe' for kids to come back to school," Fauci said. "Children can get infected, so, yes, so you've got to be careful. You got to be careful for them and you got to be careful that they may not spread it. Now, to make an extrapolation that you shouldn't open schools, I think is a bit of a reach." "When you talk about children going back to school and their safety, it really depends on the level of...
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