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Our Children’s Hope: Biden Releases Proposal For Reopening Schools : NPR

Alana Wise

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Friday released his plan for how schools should safely reopen amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, calling on Congress to pass a $30 billion emergency education package to support building upgrades and sanitation protocols ahead of students’ return to onsite learning.

“The challenge facing our schools is unprecedented. President Trump has made it much worse. We had a window to get this right. And, Trump blew it,” the Biden campaign said in a statement…

“Over a month ago, Biden identified key steps that Donald Trump needed to take to reopen our schools safely. Trump has taken none of them. In fact, he’s done the opposite. He has threatened to force schools to reopen for in-person instruction without the basic resources they need to keep students, educators, and communities safe.”

In his plan, Biden outlines five steps the federal government should take before students can return to in-person education.

First, he calls to “get the virus under control,” including expanding contact tracing, bolstering the nation’s supply of personal protective equipment and improving U.S. coronavirus testing capabilities.

Second, Biden says the United States must “set national safety guidelines, [and] empower local decision-making.”

The third tier of his plan involves providing emergency funds for public schools and child care providers, including a $30 billion congressional education package and an additional $4 billion to upgrade technology and broadband…

The fourth and fifth points of Biden’s plan call to ensure quality learning during the pandemic, including improving remote learning for students, and to close “the COVID-19 educational equity gap,” which he describes as leading minority and low-income students to falling behind educationally compared with their white and more affluent peers.

Biden’s plan comes amid a heated debate between experts, parents and the Trump administration about how best to address the upcoming fall semester amid the pandemic. Trump and his allies have called for schools to reopen as usual in September, citing education gaps between home learning and learning in the traditional school environment.

However, the United States has not contained the deadly virus, and cases continue to spike across the country. Experts still recommend social distancing, wearing masks and other mitigation measures to slow the spread of the virus.

Trump complained that guidelines from his own administration, released through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were “too tough,” and new guidance has been delayed…

Our Hope is that we must all vote for Joe Biden by mail this November 3rd….

Our children’s lives are depending on it..

But for now, Our Florida Education Association (FEA) has filed a lawsuit against Governor Ron DeSantis for mandating schools to reopen when Florida is such a hotspot for this pandemic…

We must protect our children, teachers and essential staff!

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Retired elementary, public school teacher; all thirty-eight years in Florida... Now spending my time advocating for our children, and their right to strong public school education...With an appreciation for the arts and the beauty in each day…

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