The Trump Administration, in a effort to support its political agenda of getting things “back to normal,” announced today that colleges could either teach classes in a physical classroom this fall or lose gobs of money by not having their international students be able to stay on their campuses.
You can read about it at the NBC News article, U.S. says foreign students may have to leave if their school goes online-only.
Next, it’s a safe bet they will try to use money in the next federal stimulus package as a cudgel against schools to demand that they fully open, too.
Just like the Trump Administration today is trying to, with ICE order on intl stdnts, leverage its political agenda to get things back 2 "normal" by pressuring colleges 2 teach in physical classrooms,I bet dollars 2 donuts they'll try 2 do the same with K-12 in next stimulus bill https://t.co/BUvIOjLn03
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) July 7, 2020
You can bet it’s not a coincidence that these next two announcements also came out today:
— ABC 27 (@abc27) July 6, 2020
BREAKING- @CDCgov planning to release new guidance on how best K-12 students can physically return to the classroom this year. “Schools should be the first to open and the last to close…Kids need to physically be in school.": CDC Sr. Official #backtoschool
— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) July 6, 2020
Listen, I’m fine with opening up schools safely if states get the infection rate down, districts get money to provide PPE and hired additional custodians and school nurses, and students come to physical school part-time to maintain social distancing guidelines. And I’m sixty years-old – not in the highest risk group, but getting close.
But I hope reopening decisions are made based on science, and not political calculations designed to help President Trump’s re-election campaign.
Here are the slides for Florida's reopening mandate. Point 1a is pretty straightforward. https://t.co/ZOVWUFJMKE
Point: The Dutch opened their schools & have been fine.
Counterpoint: The Dutch are capable of complying with basic public health mandates. Florida man, however… pic.twitter.com/mpr3PU7pCs
— Justin Reich (@bjfr) July 6, 2020