President Donald Trump is threatening to cut funding to schools that do not fully reopen in August.
In the middle of a pandemic.
Yep, you read that correctly.
As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases rebound in the United States, pressure has once again been put on our educators (who, by the way, bent over backward to the best of their ability for your children when schools shut down). As someone who works in a school and loves her kiddos and desperately wants to return to work all because she misses her kids, I also want to do that safely.
What the Trump administration has done is given school districts an ultimatum: either open your doors and risk the lives of children (and their families) or continue to learn virtually and safely but lose your funding.
Our schools are already underfunded. The last thing we need is a president who knows nothing of the education system and who criticizes the guidelines given out by The CDC for reopening schools to threaten funding to our children's schools. We should not be forcing schools to open their doors while cases are once again rising daily.
For our president to threaten school funding is completely and utterly one of the most irresponsible things he has done in his entire presidency.
If schools reopen prematurely, our president will have risked the lives of many children and adults — people who are part of your community, people you love. Returning to school is not worth the lives of my friends, my colleagues, and my kiddos who I miss. If we return to school in August, I want it to be safe. I want to feel safe at work. I want my kids to feel safe within the school walls. I want parents to feel good sending their kids back to school.
Threatening funding is not the answer.
So yes, Trump threatening to cut funding to schools amid a pandemic tells me everything I need to know, and further proves why new leadership is desperately needed.
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