President Trump urged state governors to reopen schools on Monday according to a report from The Hill. “You’ll see a lot of schools open up, even if it’s for a very short period of time” said the President on the same day’s press briefing, adding that he thought “it would be a good thing” for schools to reopen.
Offering a “stark contrast to the conflicting guidance, bluster and lies of the Trump administration.” the American Federation of Teachers released a plan to safely reopen schools across the country. And with the plan came scathing comments from one president to another. Randi Weingarten, head of the AFT, took aim at Donald Trump for his misguided and ill-informed remarks on school reopenings across America.
“America is staring down a singular challenge that will require all of us to come together and negotiate a safe path forward” said Weingarten. “By drawing on facts and science, and the expertise of educators and healthcare practitioners, we have drafted a bold five-point plan that aligns necessary public health tools, student instructional needs and logistics to gradually — but safely, equitably and intentionally — reopen our schools and communities.”
According to initial reporting by The Hill, the AFT’s recommendations included “infrastructure and resources to be in place to test, trace and isolate new cases, and to deploy public health tools that prevent the virus’s spread and align them with education strategies that meet the needs of students.”
You can read more on the latest sparring between teachers and Trump here.