On Tuesday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight", Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stated that withholding funding from schools that refuse to reopen is "something to be looked at" and she is "looking at this very seriously".
At a White House event earlier Tuesday, Trump vowed that his administration would "put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools" after noting that administrators in Florida recently announced plans to reopen schools in that state starting next month.
Organizations representing school districts and Becerra charged DeVos and President Trump with subverting Congress' intent to push her agenda of promoting private schools and school choice. Health officials say students need to be in schools this fall to continue their educational development and to access meal programs and services for mental and behavioral health. And we haven't seen a school system yet that's defied that. Some states say the amount they are being ordered to share with private schools is illegal. Instead of sending relief money to the students most in need as required under the CARES Act, she has abused the Department of Education's rulemaking power to redirect money to private schools. "Our administration is committed to working with Attorney General Nessel to stand up for Michigan's students, educators, and families to make sure our tax dollars are supporting public schools".
"The coronavirus did not discriminate based on the kind of schools MI kids attend, and neither did the governor's executive order shuttering every school building in the state", said executive director Beth DeShone.
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California schools, according to Becerra, would lose out on more than $1.5 billion in funding as a result of the department's policy.
The Michigan Attorney General has said DeVos's interpretation not only contradicts the plain language of the CARES Act but could mean that, in districts with large private school populations, public schools serving low-income students would receive less relief money, which would instead be diverted to their private school peers.
"It's clear that the greater risk to our society is to have these schools close", Redfield said.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVosissued the rule June 25, arguing for equitable distribution of the relief dollars. "The question is whether we care enough about our children to ALLOW them to go to school safely". DeVos said she was disappointed in schools that "didn't figure out how to serve students or who just gave up and didn't try". "Our behavior, our commitment to shared sacrifice - or our selfishness - will determine what happens this fall for kids". "The CDC encourages all schools to do what they need to reopen, and to have plans that anticipate that COVID-19 cases will in fact occur". The other option would fund only low-income private school students, while also restricting CARES Act funding to low-income Title I-designated public schools, not to all schools.