Science and Broadway Leave School Closers No More Excuses
Democrats have a festering problem. Getting the country’s public schools fully opened and both kids and their teachers back in classrooms should be a top priority. But apparently, there’s no urgency coming out of the Biden administration to reach that goal.
Even when the target for re-opening is several months from now at the beginning of the next school year:
…when asked by NBC’s Craig Melvin whether public schools should be fully open for in-person instruction this fall given the widespread availability of vaccines, President Joe Biden said, “Based on the science and the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance], they should probably all be open.”
When Melvin asked essentially the same question to first lady Jill Biden, who is not just the president’s wife but also a card-carrying member of the National Education Association (NEA), and who met with two national teachers union presidents to talk reopening policy on Day Two of the presidency, the answer was more equivocal: “Well, I think it depends on, you know, we’re following the science and what the CDC says. And so, each district is different, and so I think we have to listen to the experts and the science, and then the districts have to decide.”
Science has already concluded the CDC’s guidance is lagging behind reality. But as that science is still controversial in some quarters, how about some other, more potent stuff?
The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12-15 year-olds. That’s a huge step forward in controlling virus spread…and in making it even safer for schools to reopen in the fall.
And if this very big news doesn’t remove doubts, how about this news: Broadway will be opening at 100 percent capacity on Sept. 14.
If we can open the doors to “Hamilton,” with no social distancing, then we absolutely, positively can reopen the public schools. No excuses.