The banned CDC report on the risk of school openings.

“The good news is, this is very thoughtful and complete. The bad news is, it’s never been released,” said Terry W. Hartle, a senior vice president of the American Council on Education. His organization  represents 1,700 college and university presidents and higher education executives.

The New York Times got hold of the CDC report that warned of the risks of opening schools. Basically, the report said that the risks are high.

So, under orders from Trump, the report was banned and a new report ordered up that aligned with Trump’s demand that schools either open or be denied federal funding.

What is an acceptable level of risk for your child?

3 thoughts on “The banned CDC report on the risk of school openings.

  1. Safety precautions put out by the CDC for safety in schools are not mandatory. She has a screw loose upstairs and doesn’t care if children get sick or die. It’s hard to find any Secretary of Education more unfit for the job.
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    NYT:
    The education secretary, Betsy DeVos, presses the Trump administration’s case for reopening schools.

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushed ahead Sunday with the Trump administration’s pressure campaign on schools to resume in-person classes this fall, using a television show tour to downplay both the resurgence of the virus and guidelines issued by the administration’s own health officials.

    “I think the go-to needs to be kids in school, in-person, in the classroom because we know for most kids, that’s the best environment for them,” Ms. DeVos said on the CNN program “State of the Union.

    Ms. DeVos has increasingly become the face of the administration’s efforts to amplify calls for schools to fully reopen after President Trump railed last week against guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and threatened to cut off federal funding to schools that did not reopen their campuses.

    On both CNN and “Fox News Sunday,” Ms. DeVos reiterated the administration’s stance that the C.D.C. guidelines, which call in-person classes the “highest risk” scenario and recommend a range of safety precautions to keep children and teachers safe, were not mandatory.

    On “Fox News Sunday,” Ms. DeVos called them “common sense approaches,” but said “the guidelines are also that — guidelines, they’re meant to be helpful in a posture of how you actually do things and how you actually move ahead.”

    That drew a rejoinder from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who appeared on “State of the Union” after Ms. DeVos and said the C.D.C. guidelines “should be requirements.”

    Ms. Pelosi offered a sharp critique of the Education Department’s plans for reopening schools, calling Ms. DeVos’s comments “malfeasance and a dereliction of duty.”

    “Going back to school presents the biggest risk for the spread of the coronavirus,” Ms. Pelosi said. “They ignore science and they ignore governance in order to make this happen.”

    When asked about Mr. Trump’s threats to federal funding, Ms. DeVos gave conflicting answers. She said on Fox that if schools did not reopen, “they shouldn’t get the funds,” while saying on CNN that “there’s no desire to take money away — in fact, we want to see schools open and have been committed to ensuring the resources are there to do that.”

    The hosts of both programs noted that she did not appear to have the authority to carry out the threat.

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