Squad member Pressley says DeVos couldn’t care for a house plant let alone nation’s children
Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D), a member of the Squad, threw a punch on Twitter at U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos after the secretary’s Sunday morning interview on reopening schools in America.
“@BetsyDeVosED you have no plan. 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. I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child,” Pressley tweeted.
Pressley was responding to DeVos and the Trump administration’s call for schools to resume in-person classes in the fall. The nation’s students have been out of the classroom since March and with COVID-19 cases continuing to surge, it’s questionable if they will be able to return to school in the fall.
“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.”
DeVos said she was very seriously looking into holding back federal funding from schools that don’t reopen in the fall.
“We are looking at this very seriously. This is a very serious issue across the country,” she said.
Many Democrats agreed with Pressley’s tweet including former presidential candidate Tom Steyer.
“I am with @AyannaPressley. We need clear federal guidelines and resources on how to safely open schools this fall,” Steyer tweeted.
Conservatives applauded DeVos and said that school districts and employees should not still be getting paid if schools are closed.
“Public school teachers, school administrators and staff should not receive a paycheck until the schools reopen,” tweeted conservative radio host Todd Starnes.
Despite the pushback from DeVos and President Trump, major school districts including Los Angeles and San Diego have already announced they will not resume classes in the fall.
“The skyrocketing infection rates of the past few weeks make it clear the pandemic is not under control,” the districts said in a statement. “We will return to in-person learning later in the academic year as soon as public health conditions allow.”
The Squad also includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All are women of color under 50, who make up the far-left wing of the Democratic Party.
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