July 14, 2020 | From Fox News
Editor’s Note: As we have been long-praying about the ideology and activism steeped in our public schools, some of our prayer has been asking God for direction for families of faith and the impact that public schools is having on them. Some questions we need to ask at such a time of shifting, “Is God opening doors for other online learning avenues for our students?” “Will COVID-19 bring the natural opportunity to see school choice and vouchers a part of our nation’s education framework?” How can we be praying about what God may be doing through all of this?
From Fox News:
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Sunday that she intends to have American schools open for in-person classes this fall, and insisted that this can be done safely despite concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
“Parents are expecting that this fall their kids are going to have a full-time experience with their learning, and we need to follow through on that promise,” DeVos told “Fox News Sunday,” stressing that “kids cannot afford to not continue learning.”
DeVos said it is “not a matter of if” this happens, but “a matter of how.”
The secretary hold host Chris Wallace that “the CDC never recommended that schools close in the first place,” but she did note that there can be exceptions in areas that are coronavirus hot spots.
“Where there are hot spots in the future, in the fall, of course that has to be dealt with differently,” she said.
DeVos said that students have suffered from not being in a classroom environment this past spring, and that schools should have the ability to help them catch up in the fall.
“They’ve fallen behind this spring, we need to ensure they’re back in a classroom situation wherever possible and whenever possible, and fully functioning, fully learning,” she said.
DeVos also said that by not being in school, there are children with mental, emotional, and social issues who are suffering from being stuck at home.
DeVos and President Trump had previously threatened to withhold funding from schools that do not reopen in the fall. Sunday, DeVos reiterated this warning.
Betsy DeVos just said "if schools aren't going to reopen, they shouldn’t get the funds.
Give it to the families to decide" pic.twitter.com/F5IVWPez3y
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) July 12, 2020
And in a separate Fox News Sunday interview (watch above), when asked about school systems who choose not to open in the fall, DeVos shared, “if schools aren’t going to reopen…they shouldn’t get the funds. Then give it to the families to decide to go to a school who is going to meet that promise.”
Is this the door opening for school choice? Pray into this! This could be the opportunity that many have been waiting for to have the freedom and means to exit the public school systems, that in many cases are beyond repair.
(Excerpt from Fox News. Article by Ronn Blitzer.)