Trump threatens to cut funding for schools, slams CDC reopening guidelines as too tough and expensive
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ramped up his pressure campaign to get public schools to fully reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, tweeting Wednesday that he may withhold federal funding from schools that do not resume in-person classes this fall.
The tweet was the latest step in an administration-wide effort to convince schools nationwide that the risks of not reopening for in-person classes outweigh those posed by the coronavirus pandemic, which has reached new record levels across the country in recent weeks.
The lion’s share of school funding comes from states and municipalities, and not from the federal government. Nonetheless, the White House is reportedly exploring ways to tie federal school funding in the next coronavirus relief bill to the pace of different schools’ reopenings.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that the Trump administration is looking to the upcoming Phase 4 coronavirus relief bill …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]