DeVos doubles down on push to reopen schools despite coronavirus surge

published on July 13, 2020

LATER IN THE PROGRAMMARK MEREDITH REPORTING FROM THEWHITE HOUSEMARK, THANKSJOINING US NOW, SECRETARY OFEDUCATION BETSY DeVOSSECRETARY, YOU SAY THAT THERE

SHOULD BE EXCEPTIONS INHOT SPOTS AROUND THE COUNTRY BUTTHAT THE RULE, THE GENERAL RULESHOULD BE THAT SCHOOLS SHOULD BEFULLY OPERATIONAL AND FULLY OPENIN THE FALL

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN WHEN YOUTALK ABOUT FULLY OPEN, DOES THATMEAN IN PERSON, FIVE DAYS A WEEKWEEK?>> Secretary DeVos: WELL,CHRIS, WE KNOW THAT FOR KIDS,

GETTING BACK TO SCHOOL ANDGETTING BACK TO LEARNING,GETTING BACK WITH THEIR PEERS,WITH THEIR TEACHERS, IS REALLYIMPERATIVE AND FULLY OPERATIONALAND FULLY FUNCTIONING MEANS THAT

KIDS CAN BE BACK THERE AND IFFOUR FAMILIES THAT NEED THEIRKIDS IN SCHOOL IN PERSON FIVEDAYS A WEEK, THAT HAS TO BE ANOPTION, SO THE POINT NEEDS TO BEHOW DO KIDS GET BACK TO LEARNING

IN THE FALL FULL-TIME AND HOW DOWE ENSURE THAT THEY GET A FULLYEAR PLUS OF LEARNING?THEY’VE FALLEN BEHIND THISSPRING, WE NEED TO ENSURE THEIRBACK IN A CLASSROOM SITUATION

WHEREVER POSSIBLE AND WHENEVERPOSSIBLE AND FULLY FUNCTIONING,FULLY LEARNING>> Chris: SINCEPRESIDENT TRUMP AND YOU STARTEDCALLING — YOU MAY REALLY

INCREASE THE PUSH THIS WEEK FORFULL SCHOOL REOPENING’S, THEREHAS BEEN SHARP PUSHBACK FROMGOVERNORS AND MAYORS ANDTEACHERS UNIONSHERE IS SOME OF THAT

>> IF ANYBODY SAT HERE TODAY ANDTOLD YOU THAT THEY COULD REOPENTHE SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER, THATWOULD BE RECKLESS AND NEGLIGENTOF THAT PERSON>> I DOUBLE DOG DARE

DONALD TRUMP TO SIT IN A CLASSOF 39 SIXTH-GRADERS AND BREEDTHAT AIR WITHOUT ANY PREPARATIONFOR HOW WE ARE GOING TO BRINGOUR KIDS BACK SAFELY>> Chris: RECKLESS AND

NEGLIGENTSECRETARY, HOW DO YOU RESPOND?>> Secretary DeVos: WELL,CHRIS, THERE’S NOTHING IN THEDATA THAT SUGGESTS THAT KIDSBEING IN SCHOOL IS IN ANY WAY

DANGEROUSWE KNOW THAT CHILDREN CONTRACTAND HAVE THE VIRUS AT FAR LOWERINCIDENCE THAN ANY OTHER PART OFTHE POPULATION AND WE KNOW THATOTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD

HAVE REOPENED THEIR SCHOOLS ANDHAVE DONE SO SUCCESSFULLY ANDSAFELY KIDS THERE ARE GOING BACKTO SCHOOL EVERY DAY SO THAT HASGOT TO BE THE POSTURE HEREPARENTS ARE EXPECTING THAT THIS

FALL THEIR KIDS ARE GOING TOHAVE A FULL-TIME EXPERIENCE WITHTHEIR LEARNING AND WE NEED TOFOLLOW THROUGH ON THAT PROMISE>> Chris: ALL ALL RIGHT, LET’SPICK UP ON THIS WHOLE ISSUE AND

I WANT TO GET TO THE OTHERCOUNTRIES AND WHAT THEEXPERIENCE IS THERE IN A MOMENT,BUT THIS WEEK THE PRESIDENTCALLED OUT THE CDC GUIDANCE THATHAS BEEN ISSUED ABOUT REOPENING

SCHOOLSHE PUT THIS TWEET — I WANT TOPUT THE TWEET UPHE CALLED THE GUIDANCE BY THECDC ON REOPENING SCHOOLS "VERYTOUGH AND EXPENSIVE AND VERY

IMPRACTICABLE TO IMPRACTICAL"LET’S GO THROUGH SPECIFICALLYWITH THE CDC IS CALLING FORTHEY SAY WASH HER HANDSREGULARLY, STAY 6 FEET APART ANDWEAR A MASK

IS THAT TOUGH, EXPENSIVE, ANDIMPRACTICAL, SECRETARY?>> Secretary DeVos: WELL,THESE SEEM TO BE MEASURES THATWE ARE TAKING PRETTY MUCHEVERYWHERE ELSE IN LIFE AND THEY

ARE COMMON SENSE APPROACHES ANDAS DR REDFIELD HAS NOTED, THEGUIDELINES ARE ALSO THAT,GUIDELINESTHERE MEANT TO BE HELPFUL IN APOSTURE OF HOW YOU ACTUALLY DO

THINGS AND HOW YOU ACTUALLY MOVEAHEAD AND ENSURE THAT KIDS CANGET BACK INTO SCHOOLAND AS HE’S ALSO NOTED, THE CDCNEVER RECOMMENDED THAT SCHOOLSCLOSE IN THE FIRST PLACE

SO I THINK WE NEED TO BEORIENTED AROUND HOW DO WE DOTHIS, NOT IF WE DOIT’S NOT A MATTER OF IF, IT’S AMATTER OF HOW WE REOPEN SCHOOLSAND HOW KIDS GET BACK TO

LEARNING FULL-TIME>> Chris: BUT SECRETARY, IWANT TO GET TO THIS ISSUEBECAUSE THE PRESIDENT OF THEUNITED STATES SAID THAT THE CDCGUIDELINES WERE TOUGH, EXPENSIVE

AND IMPRACTICALI WANT TO LOOK AT SOME OF THEOTHER CDC GUIDANCETHEY TALKED ABOUT PUTTING UPSHIELDING IN PLACES WHERE 6 FEETOF DISTANCE IS NOT POSSIBLE

PLASTIC SHIELDINGTHEY TALKED ABOUT STAGGEREDDROP-OFFS AND PICKUPSIS THAT TOUGH, EXPENSIVE, ANDIMPRACTICAL?>> Secretary DeVos: WELL

AGAIN, ALL OF THE GUIDELINES AREMEANT TO BE HELPFUL, TO HELPLOCAL EDUCATION LEADERS DECIDEAND WORK ON HOW THEY ARE GOINGTO ACCOMPLISH WHAT THEY NEED TODO, AND THAT IS GETTING KIDS

BACK IN SCHOOL BASED ON THEIRSITUATION AND THEIR REALITIESWE KNOW THAT SCHOOLS ACROSS THECOUNTRY LOOK VERY DIFFERENT ANDTHAT THERE’S NOT GOING TO BE AONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH TO

EVERYTHING, BUT THE KEY IS,THERE HAS TO BE A POSTURE OFDOING SOMETHING, OF ACTION, OFGETTING THINGS GOING, PUTTING APLAN TOGETHER FOR YOUR SPECIFICSCHOOL, FOR YOUR SPECIFIC

DISTRICT OR FOR YOUR CLASSROOMTHAT ENSURES THAT KIDS ARE GOINGTO START LEARNING AGAIN THISFALL>> Chris: I THINK WE ALL AGREETHAT KIDS NEED TO LEARN AND TO

THE DEGREE POSSIBLE WE WANT TOGET THEM BACK TO SCHOOL, THEQUESTION IS, HOW DO YOU BALANCESAFETY AND LEARNING?YOU HAVE CITED THE AMERICANACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS AND A

REPORT THAT THEY ISSUED WHICHSAID INDEED THAT STUDENTS DONEED TO GET BACK TO SCHOOL ANDTHAT THERE ARE REAL COSTS TO THESTUDENTS IN TERMS OF NOT GETTINGBACK TO THE SCHOOL, BUT THAT

ASSOCIATION ISSUED A NEW REPORTON FRIDAY ALONG WITH THETEACHERS UNION AND I WANT TO PUTUP WHAT THEY SAID THERETHEY SAID "SCIENCE SHOULD DRIVEDECISION-MAKING ON SAFELY

REOPENING SCHOOLSPUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES MUST MAKERECOMMENDATIONS BASED ONEVIDENCE, NOT POLITICS"THEY SAY LEAVE IT TO THE HEALTHEXPERTS TO SAY WHEN SCHOOLS

SHOULD REOPEN IN VARIOUSLOCALITIES>> Secretary DeVos: I’M GLADYOU CITED THE AMERICAN ACADEMYOF PEDIATRICS BECAUSE THEY ALSOHAVE NOTED THAT THIS WHOLE

QUESTION OF SCHOOL AND GOINGBACK TO SCHOOL IN THE FALL ISONE OF HEALTH FOR STUDENTSAND THERE ARE MULTIPLE MEASURESFOR STUDENT HEALTHWE KNOW AND AS SECRETARY AZAR

SAID, THIS IS A QUESTION OFHEALTH VERSUS HEALTH, NOT HEALTHVERSUS SOMETHING ELSEWE KNOW THE KIDS ARE SUFFERINGMENTALLY WITH MANY MENTALISSUES

WE KNOW THAT KIDS ARE SUFFERINGWITH EMOTIONAL LEARNING ISSUESKNOW THAT KIDS FROM VULNERABLEPOPULATIONS AND HOMES HAVE BEENSUFFERING BY NOT BEING IN SCHOOLAND BY NOT CONTINUING THEIR

LEARNINGALL OF THOSE ARE MEASURES THATHAVE TO BE WEIGHED ALONG WITHTHE RISK OF A VIRUS AND WE KNOWAGAIN FROM THE DATA THAT KIDSDON’T GET THIS VIRUS THE SAME

WAY ADULTS DO AND SO AGAIN –>> Chris: DO WE KNOW ABOUT HOWTHEY SPREAD THE VIRUS BECAUSEI’VE BEEN THE SCIENCE FAIR ISN’TSO CLEAR, SECRETARYHOW THEY SPREAD THE VIRUS

CONCEIVABLY TO THE PARENTS,GRANDPARENTS TO TEACHERS IN THESCHOOL, CUSTODIANS AND THESCHOOL, DO WE KNOW THAT?>> Secretary DeVos: WELL THATIS SOMETHING THAT IS OBVIOUSLY

CONTINUING TO BE LOOKED AT ANDSTUDIED AND AGAIN, THERE’S A LOTOF DATA THAT SUGGESTS THAT KIDSARE NOT SPREADERS, BUT THE POINTIS THAT KIDS HAVE GOT TO GETBACK TO SCHOOL AND WE CAN DO

THAT SAFELY AND EVERY COMMUNITY,EVERY SCHOOL, CAN LOOK AT WHATTHEIR ACTUAL PHYSICALCIRCUMSTANCES ARE AND FIGURE OUTWAYS TO DO THIS SAFELYWE ARE DOING IT AND MANY OTHER

AREAS OF LIFEIF WE CAN GET BACK IN OTHERAREAS OF LIFE, WE CERTAINLY NEEDTO GET BACK TO SCHOOLSKIDS CANNOT AFFORD TO NOTCONTINUE LEARNING

OUR NATION CAN’T AFFORD TO HAVEKIDS NOT LEARNING AND PREPARINGFOR THE FUTUREBECAUSE IT’S OUR FUTURE>> Chris: WE HAVE FOUND THECOSTS OF GETTING BACK TO REGULAR

LIFEWE, IN A LOT OF STATES,PARTICULARLY IN THE SOUTH, THESOUTHWEST, WE REOPEN THE BARS WEREOPEN RESTAURANTS, WE REOPENEDGYMS AND WE’VE SEEN A SPIKE IN

CASES THAT IS ALMOST DOUBLEDWHAT WE HAD IN THE HEIGHT OF THESPRING, SO IT’S NOT LIKEREOPENING IS AN ANSWERIN MANY CASES IT CREATES NEWPROBLEMS

YOU MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUTOTHER COUNTRIES, YOU AND THEPRESIDENT HAVE BOTH SAID, WELL,OTHER COUNTRIES ARE REOPENING,SO LET’S LOOK AT THE STATISTICSTHERE IF WE CAN

LET’S PUT THEM UP ON THE SCREENGERMANY REPORTED 378 NEW CASESON FRIDAYDENMARK, 30, NORWAY, 11MEANWHILE, THE US REPORTED68,226 NEW CASES ON FRIDAY

QUESTION, IS IT REALLY FAIR, ISIT REASONABLE TO COMPARE THESITUATION IN COUNTRIES THAT HAVE20 NEW CASES IN A DAY WITH ACOUNTRY THAT HAS 68,000 NEWCASES AND IN A DAY?

>> Secretary DeVos: WELL, WEARE TALKING ABOUT SCHOOLS ANDOTHER COUNTRIES EXPERIENCES WITHREOPENING SCHOOLSAND IT HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE VERYSUCCESSFUL, KIDS HAVE GONE BACK

TO LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS ANDHAVE DONE SO SAFELY –>> Chris: BUT SCHOOLS HAPPENIN AN ENVIRONMENTIF THERE’S 30 CASES IN ASTATE — IN A COUNTRY, THAT’S

VERY DIFFERENT THAN A PLACEWHERE IT’S OUT OF CONTROL ANDTHERE ARE 70,000 NEW CASES IN ADAY>> Secretary DeVos: AND WE ARENOT TALKING ABOUT PLACES WHERE

IT’S "OUT OF CONTROL"WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE WORLD,NOT THE EXCEPTIONAND WHERE THERE ARE HOT SPOTS INTHE FUTURE, IN THE FALL, OFCOURSE THAT HAS TO BE DEALT WITH

DIFFERENTLY AND I WOULDREFERENCE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY,WHICH HAS A VERY ROBUSTCONTINUITY OF LEARNING PLAN THATWAS PUT INTO PLACE INANTICIPATION OF HURRICANES, BUT

IT’S VERY APPROPRIATE HERETHE STATE OF FLORIDA HAS SAID INTHE FALL PARENTS AND STUDENTSNEED TO BE ABLE TO COUNT ON AFIVE DAY A WEEK, IN PERSONSCHOOL SITUATION

AND WHERE THOSE PARENTS OR WHERETHAT SITUATION SUGGESTSSOMETHING ELSE FOR A SHORTPERIOD OF TIME, THERE HAS TO BEPLANS TO HAVE LEARNING CONTINUE100% OF THE TIME, FULL-TIME IN A

DIFFERENT SETTINGSO MIAMI-DADE –>> Chris: I HAVE ONE LAST –>> Secretary DeVos: STUDENTSTO CONTINUE TO LEARNBUT WHAT I HAVE ONE LAST

QUESTION, SECRETARY, BECAUSEBOTH YOU AND THE PRESIDENT HAVETHREATENED TO CUT OFF FUNDINGFOR SCHOOL SYSTEMS THAT DON’TOPEN FULLY IN THE FALLHERE YOU ARE

SPEAK OF THE SCHOOLS AREN’TGOING TO REOPEN AGAINBREAKING THAT PROMISE AND SO WHYSHOULD THEY RECEIVE FUNDS FORSOMETHING THEY’RE NOT GOING TODO?

>> Chris: AND PRESIDENT TRUMPTWEETED FRIDAY, SCHOOLS MUST BEOPEN IN THE FALLIF NOT OPEN, WHY WOULD THEFEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVE FUNDING?IT WON’T

IF TWO QUICK QUESTIONS AND INEED A QUICK ANSWER IF I CANFROM YOU, SECRETARYONE, UNDER WHAT AUTHORITY AREYOU IN THE PRESIDENT GOING TOUNILATERALLY CUT OFF FUNDING,

FUNDING THAT HAS BEEN APPROVEDFROM CONGRESS AND MOST OF THEMONEY GOES TO DISADVANTAGEDSTUDENTS OR STUDENTS WITHDISABILITIES, AND SECONDLY,ISN’T CUTTING OFF FUNDING

EXACTLY THE WRONG ANSWER?DON’T YOU WANT TO SPEND MOREMONEY TO MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER,WHETHER WITH PLASTIC SHIELDS ORHEALTH CHECKS, VARIOUS OTHERSYSTEMS — DOESN’T IT MAKE MORE

SENSE TO INCREASE FUNDING FORSCHOOLS WHERE IT’S UNSAFE RATHERTHAN CUT OFF FUNDING?>> Secretary DeVos: LOOK,AMERICAN INVESTMENT IN EDUCATIONIS A PROMISE TO STUDENTS AND

THEIR FAMILIESIF SCHOOLS AREN’T GOING TOREOPEN AND NOT FULFILL THATPROMISE, THEY SHOULDN’T GET THEFUNDSAND GIVE IT TO THE FAMILIES TO

DECIDE TO GO TO A SCHOOL THAT ISGOING TO NEED THAT PROMISE>> Chris: YOU CAN DO THATI KNOW YOU — VOUCHERS, I KNOWYOU SUPPORT VOUCHERS, AND THAT’SA REASONABLE ARGUMENT, BUT YOU

CAN’T DO THAT UNILATERALLY, YOUHAVE TO DO THAT THROUGHCONGRESS>> Secretary DeVos: WHAT WEARE LOOKING AT ALL THE OPTIONSBECAUSE IT’S A PROMISE TO THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO STUDENTS ANDTHEIR FAMILIES, AND WE WANT TOMAKE SURE THAT PROMISE ISFOLLOWED THROUGH ON>> Chris: SECRETARY DeVOS,

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