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by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Efforts to help homeschooling parents draw criticism, because everything is partisan these days. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is saying it’s “not acceptable for schools not to reopen” classrooms this fall. It would be nice if federal authorities rejected a one-size-fits-all approach to reopening schools and instead let states and municipalities decide for themselves what’s best for local students.
Still, much of the current anger at DeVos and the Department of Education’s plans for pandemic-era schooling is woefully misplaced.
For instance, sociologist Jessica Calarco complains in a New York Times piece aimed at DeVos that the CARES Act only provides $13.5 billion to help schools make safety changes, not the $245 billion that the Council of Chief State School Officers requested.