Here’s what happened.
According to The Daily Wire, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki froze after a reporter asked if President Joe Biden is willing to open schools.
“Obviously, President Biden first had said he wanted to see the majority of schools reopened by the end of his first 100 days, that would be April. Now the the goal is K-8 five days a week,” ABC News host Jonathan Karl said. “What, is this realistic? Are we going to see the majority of schools in this country open by April?”
“That’s our goal. That’s our objective. That’s our plan,” Psaki responded. “And, but what we need and what the President said at the time we need, is funding. That’s why he’s proposed $130 billion in the American Rescue Plan, because many schools across the country don’t have the resources to be able to invest in improving facilities on hiring more bus drivers, on hiring more temporary teachers so we can have smaller class sizes. There have been some important steps in the last week, including the CDC guidelines that give clear science based guidelines for school districts on a range of steps they can take to be safe, but every school in the country does not have that funding and does not have the resources and we need to from from the federal government help address that.”
“Does the President support the idea of making that funding in the American Rescue Plan contingent on schools reopening?” Karl asked. “So a requirement, you receive funding, you bring students back?”
“That’s not a contingency that we’re putting in, that we’re recommending to go in the bill or in legislation,” she responded. “Jon, I think what he believes is that school districts working with our Secretary of Education, who we certainly hope will be confirmed this week, need to make a determination about what works best for them based on the CDC guidelines.” You can read the full article here.