Says Trump, If Schools Don’t Open, Funding Should ‘Go to the Parents’

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President Trump says schools that don’t meet in-person in the fall should send the money budgeted to the parents to use for private, charter, religious or homeschools of their choice.

“We cannot indefinitely stop 50 million American children from going to school – harming their mental, physical and emotional development.”

Trump shares reopening schools are “critical to ensuring that parents can go to work and provide for their families.”

The Council of Economic Advisers estimates that 5.6 million parents wouldn’t be able to return to work if schools remain closed.

“According to McKinsey & Company, learning loss will probably be greatest among low-income black and Hispanic students. They’re the ones that are hit the hardest. We don’t want that happening,” adds Trump.

CNJ reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics says schools are crucial to child and adolescent maturation. It’s advantageous for their well-being and provides our “children and adolescents with academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and physical activity opportunities other benefits.”

AAP is the national umbrella organization of 67,000 pediatricians in the nation.

The National Education Association states despite the momentous efforts of educators during the pandemic, “online learning has never been an effective replacement for in-person learning and support.” 

-Corine Gatti Santillo

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