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Why Democrats Have Started To Cave On Reopening Schools
The Federalist ^ | 08/11/2020 | Joy Pullmann

Posted on 08/11/2020 7:25:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Prominent Democrat politicians have started making huge concessions on reopening schools. Back in May, Democrats pounced after President Trump supported reopening. Despite the data finding precisely the opposite, it quickly became the Democrat-media complex line that opening schools this fall would be preposterously dangerous to children and teachers.

In July, when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a plan to put the city’s 1.1 million school kids back in schools half the week and “online learning” the rest of the week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo picked a public fight with him, saying, “If anybody sat here today and told you that they could reopen the school in September, that would be reckless and negligent of that person.”

Then on Friday, Cuomo cleared schools to open this fall, just a few weeks after making uncertain noises about the prospect as teachers unions breathed down his neck. That same day, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s minority leader, joined the Democrat messaging reversal:

Sen. Chuck Schumer: "If we don't open up the schools, you're going to hurt the economy significantly."

— The Hill (@thehill) August 7, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tucked the posture shift into a Saturday response to Trump’s latest executive orders, saying “these announcements do…nothing to reopen schools,” as if Democrats have been all along supporting school reopenings instead of the opposite. Just a few weeks ago, Pelosi was on TV bashing Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for encouraging school reopenings, saying, falsely, “Going back to school presents the biggest risk for the spread of the coronavirus. They ignore science and they ignore governance in order to make this happen.”

What gives? For one thing, New York’s richest people have fled during the lockdowns. If their kids’ tony public schools don’t offer personal instruction or look likely to maintain the chaos of rolling lockdown brownouts, those wealthy people have better choices. They can stay in their vacation houses or newly bought mansions in states that aren’t locked down. They can hire pod teachers or private schools.

And the longer they stay outside New York City and start to make friends and get used to a new place, the less likely they are to ever return. Cuomo is well aware of this.

“I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You got to come back! We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!’” Cuomo revealed in a recent news conference. “They’re not coming back right now. And you know what else they’re thinking? ‘If I stay there, I’ll pay a lower income tax,’ because they don’t pay the New York City surcharge.”

Reopening means swimming against their anti-Trump base and teachers union donors’ full-court press to amp school funding and slash teacher duties. That means the below-surface financial and political pressure Cuomo, Pelosi, and Schumer are under to make this kind of a reversal must be huge. It’s likely coming from not only internal polling but also early information about just how many people have left New York and New York City, as well as interpersonal intelligence from their influential social circles.

This means three things. First, the pressure to reopen schools is on everywhere now that New York is doing it. Second, Democrats’ hard opposition to school reopenings has been politically devastating. Third, all the push polls and media scaremongering promoting the idea that most parents shouldn’t and wouldn’t send their kids back to school have failed.

One of the most significant reasons it failed is that parents’ experience with online pandemic schooling was a horror show. Another is that private schools have clearly outpaced public schools’ response to coronavirus. That’s both in offering quality online instruction when forced to close, and in seeking to remain open as much and as safely as possible, all while teachers unions have been staging embarrassing tantrums over people on public payroll actually having to do their jobs to get paid, even though epidemiologists have noted “there is no recorded case worldwide of a teacher catching the coronavirus from a pupil.”

These people are mentally healthy and should be teaching children.

— Joy Pullmann (@JoyPullmann) August 5, 2020

Public schools have been so clearly shown up by private schools during the coronavirus panic that state and local officials have begun to target them specifically, and have carefully included them in all onerous government burdens on school reopenings, to reduce their embarrassment and bring private schools down to the public school level as much as possible.

The most prominent recent example is in Maryland, where a local bureaucrat in one of the nation’s richest counties specifically banned private schools from safely teaching children in person, and is now battling with the state’s Republican governor over the edict. In North Carolina, many private schools are offering safe, face-to-face, five-day instruction, while most public schools are not.

Part of this is just that government bureaucrats hate individuals making their own decisions based on their own circumstances (a major reason for mask mandates, by the way). But also they’re scared because the coronavirus panic is expanding the massive fault lines inside public schooling. And public schools are a feeder system for Democrat support.

Before coronavirus hit, a near-majority of parents already thought a private school would be better for their kids than public school. People really are not happy with public education. Mostly they do it because they think it’s cheap.

But politicians’ handling of coronavirus has shown that public education is actually very expensive. The instability, the mismanagement, the lying, the public manipulation, all of it has tipped many people’s latent dissatisfaction with public schooling into open dissatisfaction. It’s a catalyst. Now many more people have decided to get their kids out of there, either by homeschooling, moving school districts, forming “pandemic pods,” or finally trying a private school.

Like all the rich people leaving locked-down locales, parents removing kids from locked-down public schools have scared public officials. If just 10 percent of public-school kids homeschool or join a private school for two years, that is a watershed moment for the social undercurrent of animosity towards public schools. That is especially true in the government funding era we’re entering, in which government debt and health and pension promises are set to gobble up education dollars faster than ever, a dynamic that was already ruinous before it was accelerated further by the coronavirus.

This is dangerous to Democrats’ political dominance because the education system tilts voters their way through cultural Marxism, and because public education is a huge source of Democrat campaign volunteers and funds. Now Democrats have detached people from their conveyor belt. The consequences will be huge.

Reopening public schools the way Democrats are doing is not going to stave off this tsunami, either. New York City’s “reopening,” for example, includes several days per week of distasteful online instruction, as well as a rule that a school will close for two weeks any time two inmates test positive for COVID. That’s a recipe for endless school brownouts that will drive parents and kids nuts. Humans simply can’t live under this manufactured instability, by the pen and phone of whatever self-appointed petty little dictators feel like changing today.

At least 115 students who had close contact with the sick people in the Corinth school district have been sent home to quarantine for 14 days, according to CNN. Barnes' 14-year-old son is one of them.

— Gary William G (@GaryWil75312459) August 7, 2020

Democrats are trying to have it both ways. They’ve learned that parents are not going to put up with putting school indefinitely on hold when everything from swimming to climbing stairs is more dangerous to children. But they also want to maintain the fiction that coronavirus is an emergency situation that requires tossing trillions of dollars in deficit funding out of helicopters, keeping people cooped up and restive as an election nears, and purposefully choking the nation’s best economy since before Barack Obama got his hands on it.

Democrats are their own worst enemy. The problem is, the rest of us are so often their collateral damage.

Joy Pullmann is executive editor of The Federalist, a happy wife, and the mother of six children. Her newest ebooks are"Classic Books for Young Children" and "32 Classic Games You Can Play Anywhere."

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: coronavirus; covid19; democrats; education; k12; privateschools; publicschools; reopening; reopeningschool; schoolreopening; schoolreopenings; schools; unions
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1 posted on 08/11/2020 7:25:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

They need to manipulate kids to accept their views on the last eight months. Indoctrination requires indoctrination centers.

2 posted on 08/11/2020 7:29:27 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting. I’ve heard talk that the liberal view is that Trump wants teachers to die in schools as they get the virus. Naturally Trump is the bad guy who doesn’t care if teachers get the virus.

I’ve heard other chatter teachers unions have other demands, such as defunding police, and taking police out of schools where officers are in schools, before they will go back to the classroom.

And there’s also been talk, that teachers won’t go back we have that elusive vaccine available.

Sounds like their political calculus is changing.

3 posted on 08/11/2020 7:30:24 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Rurudyne

Agree ~ first thing that crossed my mind, as well. They need to Control the Narrative with the chillun....

4 posted on 08/11/2020 7:31:58 AM PDT by nevermorelenore ( If My people will pray ....)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I think the media has panicked a lot of teachers. They seem to think that if they go back into the classroom, they will surely die. This therefore becomes a Union issue because the teachers want to be protected and basically want to insist on teaching remotely while schools remain closed.

5 posted on 08/11/2020 7:33:45 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lots of online courses at the schools but they want the kids back in the dorms. How is that any better? Money-grubbing hypocrites.

6 posted on 08/11/2020 7:37:31 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: SeekAndFind

Their concern is that millions of kids are not being indoctrinated.

7 posted on 08/11/2020 7:37:43 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The political war playing out in every country now: Globalists vs Nationalists)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lot of moms have been cooped up with their brats for seven months....I would not want to stand before them and say “How about another year” !!!!

8 posted on 08/11/2020 7:39:21 AM PDT by ontap
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Cave On Reopening Schools

Otherwise, they have to justify the exorbitant property taxes for empty facilities.

9 posted on 08/11/2020 7:42:46 AM PDT by Spirochete (GOP: Gutless Old Party)
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To: SeekAndFind


Public Schoolteacher Complains Home Learning Will Interfere With Trans, Race, And Gay Propaganda:

10 posted on 08/11/2020 7:46:36 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said "There is no marriage in Heaven." That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: ontap

Considering how common it is for kids to play outside touching the same ball during all of this, you seriously have to ask about how symptomatic and/or contagious it is among children. I personally don’t feel like snitching on any of them, because I personally don’t feel like living in complete isolation, and this is coming from someone who is relatively introverted himself.

11 posted on 08/11/2020 7:46:42 AM PDT by Morpheus2009 (If you want me to be afraid, then be consistent in your logic, standards, and your lies!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rush Limbaugh: School reopening debate shows most policymakers ‘have immunity’ from their decisions:

The problem with the decisions by some localities to keep schools closed to in-person instruction this fall, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh argued Wednesday, is that the people responsible for making the final call are typically the least affected by their choices.

“We can’t sit here and let a bunch of people who will never be negatively impacted by this tell the rest of us what to do,” the “Rush Limbaugh Show” host said. “With all due respect, the medical community, people, the doctors, [Dr. Anthony] Fauci and [Dr. Deborah] Birx, they may be brilliant at what they do, but they should not be the people telling us whether schools will open or not. It’s not their level or area of expertise.


“What do they know about it? What do they even care about it, beyond what they think the impact would be on public health?” Limbaugh asked rhetorically. “And they’re just a couple examples.”

The host added that in addition to school reopenings, many officials who have decided to impose restrictions on the larger economy “are not going to be affected by the policy they impose on us.

“You can’t have that,” Limbaugh said. “You cannot have people who have immunity from the policy, making the policy. You just can’t do it. Then what you’re going to have [is] a lot of people who literally have no ability to relate to the everyday problems this virus creates.”

12 posted on 08/11/2020 7:48:56 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does anyone know of any Democrat, who does the right thing for America or for Americans today?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Schools in suburban Richmond are so inept and this kind of corrupt.

They will offer in person instruction but only at the local YMCA. To the tune of $250 per student per week parents must pay to the YMCA.

Otherwise you are on your own and learning “remote”.

They won’t physically open the schools and somehow YMCA personnel are far more immune to anything than public school teachers in public schools.

So do you get it? 3 kids, if they want in person instruction... $750 a week on top of what you’re already paying in local taxes.

13 posted on 08/11/2020 7:49:47 AM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark (There is no one more racist than a white liberal.)
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The schools are the thing that prevents a mass exodus from many areas. Parents are very reluctant to move kids because it is a traumatic thing especially for adolescents. If the kids aren’t in school this is almost moot. Rat controlled areas could lose even more residents if the Schools remain closed.

14 posted on 08/11/2020 7:51:47 AM PDT by iamgalt
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

the goal of most government unions is the conversion of the entire budget to wages, bennies and retirement.

thats what the “tuition” and instruction at the YMCA is all about.

the teachers unions are gutting the budgets for bricks and mortar for themselves

Its up the We the People...the only ones who can fix that mess

15 posted on 08/11/2020 7:54:00 AM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you don't understand, no explanation is possible")
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To: SeekAndFind

Following the MONEY!?

16 posted on 08/11/2020 7:54:45 AM PDT by Don Corleone (The truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth)
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Second, Democrats’ hard opposition to school reopenings has been politically devastating. Third, all the push polls and media scaremongering promoting the idea that most parents shouldn’t and wouldn’t send their kids back to school have failed.The media is still at it, CBS This morning opens their news with stories about dying children in the streets, total misinformation, corrupt to the core.
17 posted on 08/11/2020 7:57:11 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (#openupstateny)
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18 posted on 08/11/2020 8:00:05 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change with out notice.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Sounds like their political calculus is changing.

Or feminist moms are screaming at the Democrats that they will never have a chance to make Vice President if they don't have a place to dump the annoying kids their mothers-in-law forced them to have during work hours. :)

19 posted on 08/11/2020 8:02:49 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL]-[GALT]-[DELETE])
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To: nevermorelenore
They need to Control the Narrative with the chillun....

A few Leftist teachers were caught on Twitter saying that they don't want to do online teaching because the parents might be in the room with the student, which would hamper their ability to preach their progressive dogma. So, sending kids back to the public schools might not be a great idea. Regardless, parents need to be more involved in their kid's schooling - stop treating it like it is daycare.

20 posted on 08/11/2020 8:25:35 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason (America has a DemocRat and RINO problem.)
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