Trump to America’s schools: Reopen or may lose federal funds

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President Donald Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By COLLIN BINKLEY, the Associated Press

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal money if schools don’t reopen in the fall. And he says the guidelines his own federal health officials have created for schools to reopen are too impractical and expensive. Shortly after Trump tweeted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines were “very tough & expensive,” Vice President Mike Pence announced that the agency plans to release additional school guidance next week. Even as Trump continued to pressure state and local officials to fully reopen, New York City officials announced that most of their students would only attend in-person classes two or three days in the fall. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says bringing back students for only a few days a week fails them.