Dem Rep. To DeVos Over Opening Schools: I Wouldn’t Trust You With A House Plant
According to The Hill, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) “swiped at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday after the Trump administration official doubled down on her push for students to return to school.”
- Pressley called out DeVos on Twitter, saying “Teachers, kids and parents are fearing for their lives. You point to a private sector that has put profits over people and claimed the lives of thousands of essential workers.”
- Pressley’s tweets were in response to remarks DeVos made during an interview on CNN’s “State of The Union” on Sunday. DeVos “reiterated her call for schools to resume in-person classes in the fall and pushed back on social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending children’s time meeting in groups be limited,” The Hill reported.
“What we're saying is that kids need to be back in school and that school leaders across the country need to be making plans to do just that. There’s going to be the exception to the rule, but the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,” DeVos said. “Where there are little flare-ups or hot spots, that can be dealt with on a school-by-school or a case-by-case basis.”
- Earlier this month, DeVos stated that “she was ‘very seriously’ looking at holding back federal funding from schools that don’t reopen in the fall, despite CDC guidelines warning that children meeting in groups ‘can put everyone at risk,’” the report continued.
- President Trump also threatened to do the same to schools that do not reopen in a tweet, where he wrote, “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!”
It is “unclear how much, if any, funding the Trump administration would be able to cut from schools that don’t reopen come fall, as Congress is tasked with appropriating federal funding for schools,” The Hill concluded.