Is Trump’s Insistence on Reopening Schools an Election Ploy?
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FEATURING KEVIN KUMASHIRO – President Donald Trump railed this week against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s guidelines for schools to reopen in the fall. Trump has made it clear that in order to maximize his chances of reelection in November, American society and economy must return to “normal,” in spite of a massive resurgence of the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, just hours after Trump denounced the CDC school guidelines on Twitter, Vice President Mike Pence claimed, “Well the president said today, we just don’t want the guidance to be too tough… That’s the reason why next week, the C.D.C. is going to be issuing a new set of tools.” But CDC Director Robert Redfield said a day later that the guidelines would not be weakened.
Meanwhile Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who has emerged as one of Trump’s strongest allies, also insisted that schools must reopen. The proponent of so-called “school choice” insisted against given educators and parents a choice on whether kids should go back to school.
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Kevin Kumashiro, former dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, a leading expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice and the education correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali.