Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be "fully operational" even amid the coronavirus pandemic.
DeVos, who is from MI, has openly lobbied in the past for outsourcing public education in the past to private schools, so states that are suing say she is purposely trying to hurt public education.
"Today's announcement is about stopping the Trump administration's latest effort to steal from working families to give it to the very privileged", Becerra said, adding the rule could put $1.6 billion in aid allocated to his state's public schools in jeopardy.
"Ultimately, it's not a matter of if schools need to open, it's a matter of how", DeVos told governors, The Associated Press reports.
Among those joining Trump on Tuesday was the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently issued guidelines suggesting that schools aim to start the academic year "physically present in school".
He says on Twitter that Democrats want to keep schools closed "for political reasons, not for health reasons".
DeVos said that the resistance to reopening schools is "more an issue of adults who are more interested in their own issues than they are about serving their students".
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A number of private schools, particularly those run by Catholic dioceses, "have been taking a big hit" from the coronavirus, he said, and are struggling to remain open.
At one point Cavuto brought up concerns from teachers worried about reopenings because they're more vulnerable to the virus, adding, "Tthere are a lot of parents listening to us right now and they might be anxious about, especially in areas where there are spikes, whether their kids are safe".
That's according to State Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch.
"A choice of two days per week in the classroom is not a choice at all", DeVos said, contending that the district's distance learning last spring was a "disaster".
But some are calling for greater caution.
"Whether it's President Trump or Secretary DeVos, we won't stand by the education of our children and the rule of law are under threat", he said. "So why should they receive funds for something they're not going to do?" He said the CDC encourages all schools to reopen with customized plans to minimize the spread of the coronavirus while giving students access to school services. Keeping students at home can lead to social isolation, the organization said, and prevent schools from identifying learning deficits, abuse, depression and other issues. "Our behavior, our commitment to shared sacrifice - or our selfishness - will determine what happens this fall for kids". Rather than allowing LEAs to follow the CARES Act's requirements, the department required LEAs to choose from two options, neither of which are specified in the CARES Act: distribute funds only to Title I-participating public schools and calculate a share for equitable services based on low-income enrollment but be subject to additional funding limitations, or distribute funds based on total student enrollment in public and private schools, regardless of student need.