Schools Close Again?

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Schools are closing once again due to COVID, rather than return from the winter break, despite how the Omicron variant, while more contagious, is more “mild,” and despite the countless negative long-term consequences for children. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona did share it is the administration’s “goal” and “expectation” to have in-person learning. They are doing “everything possible,” which he said means “getting access to those tests.” He didn’t offer much else, though.

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On “Fox News Sunday,” Cardona admitted to host Trace Gallagher that there will be “bumps in the road,” which he blamed on “staffing issues.” They also discussed “bumpy roads” as it applies to concerns Randi Weingarten, the president of American Federation of Teachers (AFT), has.

Cardona mostly stuck to promoting what he considers successes of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which was supposed to include testing options. The bill was signed into law in March, though, almost a year ago now, and what there has been no shortage of is problems.

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