Last time on Dynasty, er, whatever… Pesident Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (who’s currently being sued for trying to divert coronavirus relief funds from public schools to private schools,) threatened to cut funding from schools that don’t resume in-person classes this fall.
We note that once Congress allocates funds, Prznint Stupid cannot withhold federal funding on his lonesome, and most education funding comes from states anyway.
Ambulatory termite buffet Mike Pence cleared up the White House plans: they will use the next coronavirus relief bill to pressure states into compliance.
A few hours after Prznint Stupid whinged that the CDC’s guidelines to safely reopen schools are too hard, Pence announced that the CDC will simply issue new guidelines. He’s such a problem-solver!
“The President said today we just don’t want the guidance to be too tough, and that’s the reason why, next week, the CDC’s going to be issuing a new set of tools, five different documents that will be giving even more clarity on the guidance going forward.”
Perfectly clear, amirite?
“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not revise its guidelines for reopening schools despite calls from President Donald Trump and the White House to do so, agency Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Thursday.
“Instead, additional reference documents will be provided, Redfield told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
So they won’t be changing the guideline, except when they do, and it’s just another day in the 4th Reich, where no one seems to have a spine anymore and everyone is bullied by an addled dotard with a third-rate mind.
So why is failed-student and now infamous SAT cheat Preznint Stupid politicizing schools, of all things? A theory:
And just to back me up: Twizzler!
As I said on the electric tweeting device last night,
Speaking of spineless, Our failed political press should ask what Prznint Stupid’s plans are for Barron, and no, that is not political in spite of Stupid’s politicizing schools. He’s a parent facing the same problems that everyone else is facing. Press Run agrees with us.
UPDATE 1: Politico’s email thingie –
BACK TO SCHOOL — Speaking of McConnell, the majority leader weighed in on the Trump administration’s emphasis on getting kids back to school in the fall, acknowledging that such a mission will require robust funding from Congress in the next coronavirus relief package. “It will be challenging for the schools,” McConnell said Wednesday at an event in Kentucky. “You’re going to want the kids to wear masks, you’re going to want to do social distancing, you’ve got transportation issues, all of which will have a cost issue.” But McConnell also appeared to distance himself from the president’s criticisms of the CDC guidelines for schools, saying “we’ve got to back” them.
UPDATE 2: Axios’ morning email thingie:
The Trump administration’s full-steam-ahead push to fully reopen schools this fall is on a collision course with America’s skyrocketing caseload and its decades-long neglect of public education, Axios’ Caitlin Owens and Marisa Fernandez write.
- In a worst-case scenario, schools could become one of the most effective ways the virus travels from family to family.
Why it matters: Getting kids back to school is of paramount importance for children and families, especially low-income ones. But the administration isn’t doing much to make this safer or more feasible.
- “They’re sort of asking schools to do the undoable,” said Anita Cicero, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, which focuses on epidemics and disasters.
The big picture: How to handle schools and daycare centers amid the pandemic is one of the most vexing questions around the world.
- Keeping kids at home risks learning setbacks, and prevents them from getting services like food or special needs assistance. It also removes some 40 hours of weekly child care that working parents rely on.
Implementing strong safety measures will require resources that many school districts don’t have, especially as the coronavirus economy depletes tax revenues.
- The cost of stringent sanitation, personal protective equipment and new personnel would be astronomical.
- “We want children to be back in schools,” said Will Hite, superintendent of Philadelphia’s school district. But the cost of additional cleaning and sanitizing alone could be an extra $60 million to $80 million.