US NEWS: Trump Will Pressure Schools to Reopen in Fall

The president spoke to his White House education team that excludes the opposition, and most of the participants praised Trump for his work on the virus.

In Washington, DC President Donald Trump speaks during an event for students, teachers and administrators about the safe opening of schools during a novel coronavirus protest in the East Room at the White House on July 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. As a number of COVID-19 cases have swept across southern states such as Florida, Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Arizona, Trump has partnered with guests from around the country to discuss how to get back to class properly. President Donald Trump speaks at an event on how to open schools safely during coronavirus violence, on Tuesday at the White House.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP on Tuesday increased his call for schools to reopen in the fall, saying “young people are doing pretty well” with the coronavirus, though there are plenty of places to identify the number of young people infected with the virus.

“We’re going to put pressure on governors and everyone else to open schools, so that they can be opened,” Trump said. “And it’s very important. It’s very important for our country, it’s very important for the well-being of the student and the parents. So we’re going to put a lot of pressure on opening your schools in the fall.”

Trump was addressing a select group of education stakeholders in the White House. The group had no opponents, and most participants praised the President for his work on the virus.

The U.S. reports the highest number of deaths and deaths since this virus. Obstetrician Anthony Fauci said “we are still on our knees in the first half of this.” But Trump has continued to spread the good news about the situation, saying “we understand the disease better.”

Seats are locked inside a closed barrel in Austin, Texas, June 26, 2020. – Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the bars to be closed in the afternoon of June 26 and that restaurants be reduced to 50%. Coronavirus cases in Texas have surfaced in recent weeks after being one of the first states to reopen.

“We are now open, and we want to stay open, and we will stay open. We do not close. We will put out the fire as they come out,” he said. Trump also criticized Harvard’s decision to move all classes online this fall.

“I think it’s funny,” Trump said. “I think that’s the easiest way out, and I think they should be ashamed of themselves, if you want to know the truth.”

Education Secretary Betsts DeVos earlier in the day rejected hybrid models, where schools are open for other days of the week. He reportedly urged schools to “be fully operational” in an interview with governors and said at a meeting with the president that returning students to school in the fall “is not a question of how, it’s a question of how.”

“It is very clear that our schools should be fully open and fully operational this school year,” DeVos said. “Any short of this is robbing students – we can say taxpayers – of their future.”

A White House meeting came a day after Florida announced that its schools would return to teaching internally in the fall, despite the state facing a host of new coronavirus cases.

Deputy President Mike Pence said the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control will issue a new guidelines for reopening next week.

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