Teachers union blasts Trump administration for ‘bluster and lies,’ and for suggesting schools should ‘open quickly’

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) on Wednesday released its personal plan for safely reopening schools throughout the nation, contrasting it with feedback made by President TrumpDonald John TrumpMeat and poultry industry groups applaud Trump for keeping processing plants open FBI releases documents showing Roger Stone, Julian Assange communications Approval for Trump’s handling of coronavirus drops 10 points: poll MORE in latest days.

“Our blueprint serves as a stark distinction to the conflicting steering, bluster and lies of the Trump administration,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a statement

The union launched a 20-page “science-based” plan on how schools should be reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered studying establishments nationwide. 

The union’s plan comes after Trump stated final week throughout a White Home briefing: “I feel the schools are going to be open quickly.” 

Throughout a convention name on Monday, Trump reportedly urged some state governors to consider reopening schools for the rest of the varsity yr, and stated during a briefing that very same day that he thinks “you’ll see numerous schools open up, even when it’s for a really brief time frame,” including that he thought “it will be a great factor.”

The AFT stated its plan is “based mostly on the science in addition to educator and healthcare experience” fairly than “politics or wishful pondering.” 

“America is staring down a singular problem that can require all of us to return collectively and negotiate a secure path ahead,” Weingarten stated. “By drawing on details and science, and the experience of educators and healthcare practitioners, now we have drafted a daring five-point plan that aligns mandatory public well being instruments, pupil educational wants and logistics to regularly — however safely, equitably and deliberately — reopen our schools and communities.”

The AFT’s plan calls for sustaining bodily distancing till the variety of new circumstances declines for at the very least 14 consecutive days. 

The union’s steering additionally calls for infrastructure and assets to be in place to check, hint and isolate new circumstances, and to deploy public well being instruments that forestall the virus’ unfold and align them with training methods that meet the wants of scholars. 

The union’s plan additionally urges involving staff, unions, mother and father and communities in all planning, and investments in restoration at schools, universities, hospitals, and native and state governments. 

A White Home spokesperson was not instantly accessible for remark in response to the union.

Practically all schools shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has contaminated greater than 1 million individuals within the U.S., in keeping with knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins University. A number of states have already introduced that schools will stay closed for the rest of the varsity yr. 

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