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DeVos commits to having schools open by fall

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said during an interview with Fox News Sunday that she intends to have American schools open for in-person classes by fall. The secretary insisted that this can be done safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Parents are expecting that this fall their kids are going to have a full-time experience with their learning, and we need to follow through on that promise,” DeVos said. “Kids cannot afford to not continue learning.”

DeVos said it is not a matter of if schools reopen but a matter of how. She says that students have suffered largely by not being in the classroom environment this spring.

“They’ve fallen behind this spring, we need to ensure they’re back in a classroom situation wherever possible and whenever possible, and fully functioning, fully learning,” she said.

California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) has been a vocal critic of DeVos saying that she doesn’t have the necessary experience to safely open schools.

“Betsy DeVos’ lack of leadership on how to safely resume schools is dangerous to our students, our teachers, and our staff. She has no plan,” tweeted Harris.

The secretary told Fox News that the CDC never recommended that schools close in the first place but she did note that exceptions should be made in coronavirus hot spots.

“Where there are hot spots in the future, in the fall, of course that has to be dealt with differently,” she said.

President Trump has threatened to withhold funding from schools that do not reopen in the fall.

“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,” Trump tweeted last week.

On Sunday, DeVos stood by the president’s warning.

“American investment in education is a promise to students and their families,” she said. “If schools aren’t going to reopen and not fulfill that promise, they shouldn’t get the funds.”

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