Trump and DeVos have failed educators and students on COVID-19. It didn’t have to be this way.

Unlike Trump, Biden is listening to scientists on when to reopen schools, and to educators on how.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for students, our schools, our economy, and our nation’s families, especially families of color. While physically opening schools at the beginning of the 2020–2021 school year has been the goal of most districts, the decision of when to reopen school buildings must be rooted in health and safety and not based on an arbitrary start date or any other priority. However, President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have threatened to withhold funding from our nation’s public schools, hindered the ability of students to be safe in classrooms and on campuses, and furthered discriminatory practices that are detrimental to productive learning environments.

Scroll through this timeline to see how Trump and DeVos have left students and educators in the dark during the coronavirus pandemic, and what former Vice President Joe Biden is doing to step up and lead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Build support in your community for Joe and other education champions at phone banks, rallies, and canvases. Visit strongpublicschools.org for more information.

Who Will Fight for Students?

See where Joe Biden and Donald Trump land on the issues that impact public schools.

 

 

Find advice for engaging students online, strategies for maintaining support for the most vulnerable, words of encouragement, ways to alleviate stress and avoid burnout, and more at nea.org/coronavirus.

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