Pelosi Slams DeVos' Push To Reopen Schools: 'This Is Appalling'

Pelosi Slams DeVos' Push To Reopen Schools: 'This Is Appalling'

The top US education official downplayed the risk of reopening schools in the fall, a high priority of President Trump, and repeated a threat to cut funding to schools that don't fully resume in-person learning as educators wrestle with the risk of the coronavirus.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on CNN shortly after DeVos' interview and said that the education secretary's remarks on the show were "appalling".

DeVos' comments come as US education policy regarding the COVID-19 pandemic has moved to the forefront.

"Where there are little flare-ups or hotspots, that can be dealt with on a school-by-school or a case-by-case basis", DeVos said.

The comments from the education secretary come as she and other members of the Trump administration push for U.S. schools to reopen this fall amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. "Give it to the families".

"There is no desire to take money away".

Bash said, "Given what you just heard briefly, are you confident that students and teachers will go back to school in the fall?" "They are messing with the health of our children".

Public health experts, in federal guidance obtained by The New York Times, said the "highest risk" of coronavirus spreading is "full-sized, in-person classes, activities and events". He cited a 5-year-old who died in SC from the virus.

Speaking with ABC's "This Week", Assistant Secretary of Health Adm. Brett Giroir said "we have to do this safely but kids not being in school risk their social and emotional health, risk many people with nutrition, the recognition of child abuse, child sexual abuse, it's really important to get kids physically back in school".

He cited a large outbreak in schools in Israel after schools reopened.

But in a Fox News interview, she was more direct, explicitly saying that if school don't reopen, they should not receive federal funds.

"Schools should do what's right on the ground at that time for their students and their situation", DeVos added.

"We're the size of five Pentagons", he said of the schools he oversees.

The big picture: President Trump has previously threatened to slash funding if schools don't reopen.

Senate Democrats have proposed a $430-billion infusion for schools and the Democrat-controlled House passed a bill in May with $100 billion.

"If schools aren't going to reopen and not fulfill that promise, they shouldn't get the funds", the education secretary opined.

The superintendent said students in his district are on average about 18 inches from one another.

"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", DeVos told CNN.

But amid the record-setting rise in cases, he acknowledged that "we expect deaths to go up over the next two, three weeks before this turns around". Wallace went on. "Don't you want to spend more money to make schools safer, whether it's with plastic shields or health checks, or various other systems?"

Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, also on CBS, said local districts should have the discretion to determine their own strategy for resuming in-person lessons, including steps such as reducing classroom density.

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