Trump warns schools: Re­open in fall

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD - BY COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer

De­ter­mined to re­open Amer­ica’s schools de­spite coro­n­avirus wor­ries, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump threat­ened Wed­nes­day to hold back fed­eral money if school dis­tricts don’t bring their stu­dents back in the fall. He com­plained that his own pub­lic health of­fi­cials’ safety guide­lines are im­prac­ti­cal and too ex­pen­sive.

Shortly af­ter­ward, Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence an­nounced that the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion would be is­su­ing new guid­ance next week “that will give all new tools to our schools.” The rec­om­men­da­tions will keep stu­dents safe, he said, but “the pres­i­dent said to­day we just don’t want the guid­ance to be too tough. ”

De­spite Trump’s in­creased pres­sure on state and local of­fi­cials, New York City an­nounced that most of its stu­dents would re­turn to class­rooms only two or three days a week and would learn on­line in be­tween.

With mil­lions of the na­tion’s par­ents anx­ious about their chil­dren’s safety in the fall, Trump ac­cused Democrats yet again of want­ing to keep schools closed for elec­tionyear rea­sons rather than health con­cerns. And he is­sued a veiled threat to CDC of­fi­cials over their re­open­ing guide­lines, tweet­ing, “I will be meet­ing with them!!!”

MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP

Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence speaks Wed­nes­day at a White House Coro­n­avirus Task Force brief­ing.

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