DeVos: Seriously Considering Withholding Funds from Schools that Do Not Reopen in the Fall


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told FNC’s Tucker Carlson on Tuesday that her department is “seriously considering” withholding federal funding from school districts that do not make honest efforts to restart in-person classes this fall.

“Kids have got to continue learning and schools have got to open up. There’s got to be a concerted effort to address the needs of all kids, and adults who are fearmongering and making excuses simply have to stop doing it and turn their attention to what is right for students and for their families,” she said. “If nothing else, this whole coronavirus has made more and more parents aware of what’s going on in their own children’s schools — or what isn’t going on. Right here in suburban D.C., one of the most elite public school districts in the country — over $16,000 [spent] per student per year — they had an absolute disaster this spring.”

“And now this fall they are suggesting that as a way to start school again you can choose zero days a week for your child to be in school or two days a week,” she continued. “That’s not a choice, that’s a pretense of a choice.

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