Donald Trump warned schools on Wednesday that if they don’t reopen in the fall due to persistent concerns about the corona virus, he could shut down government funding.
The President said Democrats are concerned that reopening schools would be a bad political move for presumed Democratic candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November presidential election, claiming that other countries that have started reopening their schools are “ no problem ‘ to have.
“SCHOOLS WITHOUT PROBLEMS have been opened in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries,” Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
“The Dems think it would be politically bad for them if US schools open for the November elections, but it is important for the children and families,” he wrote, adding, “Could stop funding if not open! ‘
Trump most likely could not influence the amount of federal funding allocated to various educational institutions.
The president also claimed that he is against the guidelines for reopening schools established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I disagree with @CDCgov about their very hard and expensive guidelines for opening schools,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
“While they want them to be open, they ask schools to do very impractical things,” he continued. “I’ll meet them !!!”
Donald Trump warned Wednesday morning that he would ‘stop’ funding for schools if they didn’t return to personal classes in the fall
It is more than unlikely that the President would make few decisions about how federal funding is allocated to educational institutions. Sasha Pudelski, AASA’s advocacy director, The School Superintendents Association, claimed, “There is no mechanism by which they can decide to magically withhold funding without Congressional consent.”
The president also says he disagrees with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for school reopening
Trump hosted an event at the White House on Tuesday evening, aimed at reopening schools and returning kindergarten by students to the classroom
Although he said other countries have gone back to school, the President said the US has by far the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, nearly 3 million
Federal primary school funding usually goes to low-income schools and special education programs, leaving education leaders immediately wondering how the Trump administration could withhold money from most U.S. schools.
“To be clear, there is no mechanism by which they can decide to magically withhold funding without Congressional approval,” tweeted Sasha Pudelski, AASA’s advocate, The School Superintendents Association, on Wednesday morning.
Trump’s comments come the day after he organized talks in the White House about bringing American students back to class because schools, elementary through college, have been largely remote since March.
“We want to reopen the schools. Everyone wants it. The mothers want it, the fathers want it, the children want it. It’s time to do it, “said Trump. “We are going to pressure governors and everyone else to open schools,” the president said during the event about the reopening of American schools.
As president, Trump has little power to force schools to open, as that is a decision at national and local level.
First lady Melania Trump joined the president on Tuesday, claiming, “Children’s mental health and social development should be as important as physical health.”
“The same goes for parents,” she continued. “Many will be forced to make stressful choices between caring for their children and returning to work.”
At the event, Trump also lashed out at Harvard University, claiming they should be ‘ashamed’ of what he claims is a premature decision to remain at a distance all year round.
“I see Harvard announced that they are closing for the season for the year,” Trump said in his closing remarks at Tuesday’s event. ‘I think it’s ridiculous. I think it is an easy way out. And I think they should be ashamed. ‘
Several universities are facing lawsuits from students who claim that they don’t have to pay the same tuition and tuition fees as classes switched to full online.
US schools have been closed since March and have switched to online and virtual learning – and some have already stated they will be closed for the rest of 2020
Coronavirus cases continue to increase in the U.S. in recent weeks, as infections have steadily declined and states have begun to reopen and end lockdowns
Specifically, the legal action states that students should not be charged for facilities and other maintenance costs – such as the amounts usually paid for use of the library and other on-campus technologies and facilities.
While other countries have transitioned to reopen schools and revert to in-person classes, U.S. schools and universities are much more cautious because the U.S. is still the most affected country by the corona virus with more than 130,000 deaths.
While the U.S. is approaching nearly 3 million total confirmed coronavirus infections as cases have skyrocketed in recent weeks, Brazil’s second most affected country is only about half with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases.
Countries that have already begun to reopen their schools have set an example for ways for the US to consider when students and teachers return to class.
Some have started with part-time class schedules, with some teaching classes only one day a week, others requiring masks to be worn at all times or keeping social distance through separate desks spaced two feet apart.
Some models have put forward the idea of a schedule where, while the school is open every day, students attend only half the week, so that only half of the school population attend personal lessons day to day.