Administration only offers radical agenda of voucher schemes to privatize public education
WASHINGTON – July 07, 2020 -President Donald Trump today held a roundtable discussion on reopening school buildings. The following statement can be attributed to Lily Eskelsen García, a sixth-grade teacher who serves as president of the 3-million member National Education Association:
“Educators want nothing more than to be back in classrooms and on college campuses with our students, but we must do it in a way that keeps students, educators and communities safe. The reality is no one should listen to Donald Trump or Betsy DeVos when it comes to what is best for students. Trump has not once proven credible, compassionate or thoughtful when it comes to this pandemic. He ignored our intelligence agencies warning him of the pandemic. He blatantly ignores doctors and nurses on how to tackle the virus. He ignores local leaders about reopening the economy safely. He ignores educators on what it will take to reopen schools and colleges safely. Trump has proven to be incapable of grasping that people are dying — that more than 130,000 Americans have already died. Instead, everything is about his re-election. Our number one priority is that we keep our students safe.