Donald Trump called for the reopening of schools in the United States and warned that he could cut funds from those that do not
The president said he disagrees with the “hard and expensive” recommendations of the health authorities and said that returning to the classroom “is important for children and families”
The US president, Donald Trump, reiterated this Wednesday his requests for the reopening of the country’s schools , showing as an example to other countries that moved in that direction, and warned that he could freeze the funds to schools that do not lift the closure in August , when classes should resume as scheduled.
“ I disagree with the very hard and costly CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines for reopening schools. While they want to open, they ask them for very impractical things. I will meet with them, ”wrote the Republican leader on his Twitter account.
The president also accused the opposition of seeking to maintain the closure to benefit politically. “ It is important for children and families. It could cut funding if they don’t reopen! “He warned. He also noted that in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden “and many other countries”, schools received students again “without any problem.”
Trump, in the midst of the re-election campaign for the November elections, promotes the reopening of the country, despite the increase in the spread of coronavirus, particularly in the south and west. “Everyone wants it. Mothers want it. Parents want it. The boys want it. Time to do it, ”he said Tuesday. “We want to open our schools, we want to open them quickly, beautifully, in the fall. We are going to put enough pressure on the governors and everyone else to resume classes, “he added.
On the eve, he met with health and education leaders from around the country that schools and universities are ready to open this fall and can do so safely. They argued that the danger of keeping students home outweighs any danger associated with the coronavirus because, in their view, students need access to food programs and behavioral and mental health services .
However, this brilliant panorama aroused skepticism among personalities outside the White House. The president of the largest education union in the United States said Trump is more interested in scoring points for the November election than in keeping students safe. “Trump has proven himself incapable of understanding that people are dying, that more than 130,000 Americans have already died,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Association for Education. ” Teachers want more than anything to return to classrooms and college campuses with our students, but we must do so in a safe way for students, teachers, and communities .”
On Monday, the White House said it would not allow foreign students to remain in the country if all of their classes are held online due to the crisis unleashed by covid-19, another measure that is pressing for face-to-face return and seeking satisfy its electorate with its anti-immigration policy. Several institutions are looking for a hybrid model of in-person and online teaching, but some, including Harvard, have said that all classes will be conducted online.
In Florida , one of the states hardest hit by the pandemic in the past week, local authorities have ordered that in the next course, which begins in August, state schools must reopen for in-person teaching at least “five days a week”. The decree signed by the republican government states that “it is necessary to open the schools fully to ensure the quality and continuity of the educational process, the integral well-being of the students and their families and the return of Florida to its full economic performance.”
(With information from AP and AFP)