The Biden administration has once again moved the goalposts about what must be done to ensure a safe reopening for public schools across the country. He promised to have the majority of schools open in his first 100 days in office, but the frequency with which he keeps shifting his answers and timelines does not seem promising for this to actually happen.
There’s a whole lot of confusing with the president’s education plans, much of which is due to the conflicting definition of what reopening schools with the pandemic still in full swing looks like.
Back in December of 2020, Biden had promised to “to bring the coronavirus pandemic under enough control to open most of the nation’s schools during his first 100 days as president.”
“It should be a national priority to get our kids back into school and keep them in school,” the president-elect said at that time. “If Congress provides the funding, we need to protect students, educators and staff. If states and cities put strong public health measures in place that we all follow, then my team will work to see that the majority of our schools can be open by the end of my first 100 days.”
Now he’s saying that schools have to have better ventilation to help combat asthma and mold before they can reopen.
But it’s not just a shifting definition of what “reopen” means, the Biden administration has also moved the goalposts on other factors. For example, Biden has always insisted more funding for schools would be necessary for them to reopen, yet schools have already been appropriated billions in extra funding and have spent a small fraction of those funds.
Many states added teachers to the front of the vaccine list in order to get them back in the classroom, yet even this didn’t work. Now, the issue seems to be that teachers unions want every school problem fixed before stepping foot back in the classroom, and the Biden administration appears to be acquiescing to their demands, even though the science says schools are safe.
Last week, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Biden’s director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters that “we very much advocate for another layer of mitigation to be improved ventilation. And that is not just really for COVID-19, but that is for many other things, that public health things that will improve when we improve ventilation in our school, including things like asthma and exposure to mold.”
So what do you think their next excuse will be for not reopening schools? They will probably find every excuse in the book to continue pressing to keep the schools closed, just like they are doing with mask mandates.
These people do not want this pandemic to end. What they want is for us all to become compliant and not fight back. Well, that’s never going to happen.