Weeks after Democrats jammed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 COVID spending plan through Congress with hope the funds would push schools to reopen, 58 percent of K-12 districts in the U.S. are still not offering fully in-person classes for all of their students.
Biden’s spending plan allotted more than $129 billion for elementary, middle, and high schools to use in their reopening efforts, a decision by Democrats that ignored the $100 million unspent dollars designated for “for cleaning and disinfecting” in the CARES Act. But the school reopening efforts that Biden reportedly supported and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraged seem to keep falling flat nearly a month after funds were granted.
The White House previously admitted that a portion of the funds designated for education would not directly benefit reopening efforts now and were designated for future staffing endeavors, a direct nod at teachers’ unions.
One provision in the spending bill sought to provide $7.6 billion over