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Trump threatens to cut funding if schools don’t open

President Trump threatened Wednesday to cut off funding for education if schools don’t reopen in the fall.

Mr. Trump said Tuesday that he would pressure states to reopen their schools, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to boost funds for schools in the next coronavirus relief package.

National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, said the administration lacks a credible plan to reopen schools.

“If Donald Trump and [Education Secretary] Betsy DeVos have proven anything over the past four years, it’s that they do not care about students,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia. “They have zero credibility for how to best support students, and how to re-open classrooms safely.”

There’s been a surge in coronavirus cases across the country since state and local governments began reopening their economies, with several states reporting record-high numbers of cases or hospitalizations.

New York, which has recently decreased the number of the new cases, is considering opening their schools but haven’t made any firm decisions, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week.

There are nearly 3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and more than 131,481 deaths, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University.

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