Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday that her department is “seriously considering” withholding federal funds from school districts that do not make an honest effort to get students back to school in person this fall.
“We are looking at this very seriously, this is a very serious problem across the country,” DeVos told host Tucker Carlson. “Children must continue to learn and schools must be opened. There must be a concerted effort to address the needs of all children, and adults who fear and make excuses simply have to stop doing it and focus their attention on what is appropriate. for students and their families. “
Later in the interview, DeVos told Carlson that “if nothing else, all this coronavirus has made more and more parents realize what is happening in their own children’s schools, or what is not happening “
“Right here in the DC suburbs, one of the nation’s most elite public school districts: over $ 16,000 [spent] per student per year, they had an absolute disaster this spring, “he added, apparently referring to the Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia.
“And now this fall they are suggesting that as a way to start school again, you can choose zero days a week for your child to attend school or two days a week,” he continued. “That is not a choice, it is a pretense of choice.”
“Therefore, more and more families are about to demand that their children be able to continue learning and they also want more options and options for their children.”
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At a White House event Tuesday morning, Trump promised that his administration “would pressure governors and everyone else to open schools” after noting that administrators in Florida recently announced plans to reopen schools in that been from next month.
On Tuesday night, DeVos singled out Florida State Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran for his praise, saying he had given “a lot of freedom” to students and parents to handle various problems caused by the pandemic.
“What the president and everyone who attended a round table today made very clear the expectation that children have to continue learning,” he said. “There is no other reason to retain full-time education.”