Debate Heats Up Over When, How to Reopen Schools for the Fall

Headline Roundup July 8th, 2020

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Robert Redfield said Thursday that guidance for reopening schools would not be revised following criticism from President Donald Trump, the latest development in the politicized public health debate about returning children to in-person education in the fall.

Coverage on all sides of the spectrum, especially the left and center, focused on Trump's push to reopen schools; some reports framed his effort in the context of restarting the economy and bolstering his reelection chances. Coverage from right-rated outlets focused more on the CDC's stated goal for the guidelines to encourage safe reopenings, not paint them as improbable. Left-rated voices generally explore the potential safety risks of reopening schools too early or without proper planning. Many right-rated voices have focused on the purported psychological consequences suffered by children who spend an extended period of time away from the classroom and social settings. Updated 7/9/20 at 9:28 a.m. ET

Debate Heats Up Over When, How to Reopen Schools for the Fall

From the Center
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In the latest move from the Trump administration to push for states to reopen schools this fall, Vice President Pence couched guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to safely reopen schools, saying it shouldn't be used as a "barrier" to students returning to classrooms.

Speaking to reporters during a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting at the Department of Education on Wednesday afternoon, Pence stressed that states and local governments should "tailor their plans" to enable to students to return to in-person instruction.

"None of...

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From the Left
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President Donald Trump’s push to reopen America’s schools is about more than children’s education. It’s about the economy. And it’s about his reelection.

Because for Trump and his team, the issues are interlinked.

With children out of the house, they argue, parents can more easily return to work and juice the economy — something even the president’s allies consider a necessity for Trump to win reelection. And with Trump’s sagging poll numbers against presumptive 2020 rival Joe Biden, aides also hope the campaign for in-person schooling will play well with...

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From the Right
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield on Wednesday said the agency is “prepared to work with every school district” to create a safe reopening this fall for students amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Wednesday, Redfield said the CDC has outlined "a number of strategies” for schools across the country to use while reimagining the 2020-2021 school year amid COVID-19.

“We are prepared to work with each school jurisdiction to help them use the different strategies we proposed, and use...

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