Teachers unions are speaking out against Trump’s tough talk on the topic of school re-openings.
The president of the nation’s largest teachers’ union hit back at President Trump over his demand that schools resume in-person classes this fall, saying reopening cannot take place without guaranteeing the safety of students and staff.
‘Did you hear the word he didn’t use? “Safely,”‘ National Education Association (NEA) President Lily Eskelsen Garcia said Wednesday in reference to Trump’s event the previous day on reopening schools.
‘There’s no one that wants our kids back more than teachers … but we want to open it safely,’ she said on CNN’s ‘New Day.’
“I double dog dare Donald Trump to sit in a class of 39 sixth graders and breathe that air without any preparation for how we’re going to bring our kids back safely.”
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‘We see what happens when they let bars open prematurely,’ she added, noting spikes in coronavirus community spread in states that were quick to reopen. ‘This isn’t a bar. We’re talking about second graders. I had 39 sixth graders one year in my class. I double dog dare Donald Trump to sit in a class of 39 sixth graders and breathe that air without any preparation for how we’re going to bring our kids back safely.’
The NEA has said any return to in-person classes must be accompanied by districts receiving personal protective equipment, deep-cleaning procedures that meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards, classroom layouts that accommodate six feet of distancing and hand-washing and sanitizing stations installed.”
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