Biden Education Secretary Still Won’t Say If Schools Will Fully Reopen In The Fall

Biden promised to reopen schools when he was running for president. He even boasted of some partial reopenings during his presser last week.

And yet, his education secretary is singing a very different tune.

He won’t even commit to fully reopened schools by next fall.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Education Secretary: It’s Too Soon to Say If Schools Can Reopen by Fall

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said it’s “premature” to determine if schools can resume in-person instruction this fall, despite a growing body of evidence that shows students can safely return to the classroom.

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In a Wednesday interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Cardona said the rate of COVID-19 transmission in a community would play a role in determining whether K-12 students will receive face-to-face instruction. Hayes pressed Cardona for the Education Department’s stance on whether remote learning should continue at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

“It’s premature to tell,” Cardona said. “One thing I know as a former commissioner of education, COVID-19 numbers will dictate how we move to reopen schools. So it’s not just about what’s happening in the schools. It’s about what’s happening in the community.”

Cardona’s comments came just hours after the Education Department’s National Safe School Reopening Summit, during which educators from across the United States discussed safe reopening strategies. New Jersey governor Phil Murphy (D.) announced the same day that families would not have an option to continue remote learning next fall unless “the world goes sideways.”

Schools need to be reopened now.

America’s children need to get back to school.

 

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