July 10was the second time this week that President Trump has threatened to reduce or cut education subsidies if school doesn’t start in the fall.
In a strong criticism of the sectors trying to continue with the closed schools, President Trump said via Twitter that virtual learning proved to be terrible compared to traditional learning. And he insinuated that there would be no reason for the government to continue sending funds if educational institutions are not open.
Now that we have witnessed it on a large scale basis, and firsthand, Virtual Learning has proven to be TERRIBLE compared to In School, or On Campus, Learning. Not even close! Schools must be open in the Fall. If not open, why would the Federal Government give Funding? It won’t!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2020
President Trump has repeatedly threatened to cut federal funding to school and college districts if they remain closed during the fall. The president also pledged this week to pressure governors to reopen schools.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended the president’s remarks Thursday and said President Trump has a real interest in continuing funding, but what he really wants is to make sure those funds actually go to students and not to districts where schools are closed. He also said, “Keeping schools closed is an unsustainable practice.”
As President Trump said he would do, he and his entire team are seeking to put pressure on all sectors involved, from teachers’ unions and education authorities to governors and Democratic politicians, to reopen educational institutions as of August when the new school year begins.
The dispute with the Democrats over the opening of the schools has been going on for several days. In a Twitter message, President Trump hinted that it would be detrimental to the Democrats to open schools before the November election, and that is why they would be putting up barriers.
In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. 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 & families. May cut off funding if not open!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020
In the area of e-learning, so criticized by the government and its advisers, some states and cities, such as New York City, have begun to submit their proposals for a back-to-school program for the 2020-2021 school year. If the plan is approved for New York City, students will be in the classroom no more than three days a week for in-person learning and will be at home for the rest of the week for remote learning.