On Sunday Shows, DeVos Can’t Ensure Our Schools Reopen Safely
July 12, 2020
On the Sunday shows today, Secretary Betsy DeVos made it clear that the Trump administration has no plan to ensure our schools can reopen safely.
Betsy DeVos refused to give a straight answer on whether students, teachers, and parents will not get coronavirus when schools reopen.
BASH: “Yes or no: Can you assure students, teachers, parents that they will not get coronavirus because they’re going back to school?”
DEVOS: “Well, the key is that kids have to get back to school. And we know there are going to be hotspots.”
Betsy DeVos downplayed the risk of children spreading coronavirus and repeatedly dismissed CDC guidance on how to safely reopen schools.
BASH: “I’m asking you about your own federal government’s guidelines, the CDC guidelines. And what the CDC has said is if children meet in groups it could put everyone at risk.” DEVOS: “Well the CDC has also been very clear to say they never recommended schools close down in the first place.”
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins: “Asked twice, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declines to say yes, schools should follow CDC guidance as they reopen. Instead she says every situation is going to look different and, of education leaders, ‘These are smart people who can figure things out.’”
Betsy DeVos made it clear that this administration has no plan for how to safely reopen our schools.
BASH: “Why do you not have guidance on what a school should do, just weeks before you want those schools to open, and what happens if there’s an outbreak?”
DEVOS: “There’s really good examples that have been utilized in the private sector and elsewhere.”
BASH: “Okay, but I’m not hearing a plan from the Department of Education. Do you have a plan?”
DEVOS: “Schools should do what’s right on the ground at that time for their students.”