A Democrat, who imposed some of the nation’s strictest social distancing measures, will not allow students to return to Michigan classrooms.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D–Mich.) is refusing to cooperate with the Trump administration’s requests to reopen schools. Face-to-face teaching was temporarily suspended to help contain the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
“I want to make this clear—I will not send our kids and our education workforce into our schools unless it is safe to do so, plain and simple,” she said on Twitter.
Instead, the governor would use a study of the world through observation and experimentation to keep students at home and rely on their families to continue shouldering the burden of homeschooling, even though many businesses have already reopened.
“I have made decisions based on science and facts to keep Michiganders safe since the beginning, and will not stop now,” she said.
The remarks came despite the Oval Office’s warning that any state that prevents students from returning to the classroom may face federal funding cuts.
“In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and many other countries, schools are open with no problems,” President Donald Trump said on Twitter. “The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November election but is important for the children and families. May cut off funding if [schools are] not open.”
Whitmer recently signed an executive order and released the Great Lake State’s Safe Schools Roadmap, which outlines the Democratic Party’s plan to reopen schools in late September. However, there is no guarantee classrooms will stay open, even if the Trump administration allows Michigan to proceed with the roadmap.
“What the upcoming school year will be like for our kids depends on each of us doing our part to flatten the COVID-19 [CCP Virus] curve,” the governor said on Twitter. “Please, continue to stay smart, stay safe, and take every recommended precaution so that our children can be safe in their classrooms this fall.”
U.S. Attorney General William Barr previously threatened to take legal action against governors who continue to impose excessive restrictions indefinitely with the excuse of trying to contain the CCP Virus.
“We did more than put them on notice,” he told the ‘Hugh Hewitt Show’ radio program. “[Measures] that say everyone has to shelter in place, to stay at home regardless of the situation on the ground, or you know, you shut down a business regardless of the capacity of the business to operate safely for its customers and its employees, those are very blunt instruments.”