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Schools are key to economic recovery

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took to the airwaves on Sunday to lend support to President Trump’s push to reopen schools, while other administration and state-level officials called for caution, as tensions among policy makers over how best to manage the coronavirus pandemic shift to the nation’s educational institutions.

  • Economic recovery requires childcare and schooling: With only weeks to go until the start of the school year in many states, the number of cases is now much higher than it was toward the end of the previous school year when children were sent home over safety concerns. The pandemic is widely seen as posing a limited risk to children, but little is known about how readily the young carry the virus and spread it to others. 
  • Dig Deeper: Mayor Bill de Blasio said NYC public schools will not fully reopen this fall, and that students will instead learn on a “blended” schedule and be limited to a maximum of three days in the classroom, while engaging in remote learning for the remainder of the week. There are 1.1 million public school students in the city.
  • Bottom line: Governor Andrew Cuomo immediately held a press conference to say the final decision is his, not de Blasio’s. Cuomo said the decision will come the first week of August. [WSJ+NYTimes]

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