President Donald Trump said Thursday the White House has asked Congress to provide $105 billion to facilitate school reopenings and teased long-awaited additional US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on those reopenings that was posted on the agency’s website Thursday afternoon with little public notice and no explanation of what has been changed.
“We’re asking Congress to provide $105 billion to schools” in the next stimulus bill, Trump announced at his coronavirus briefing at the White House. He said the funds would help schools that reopen with things like masks and modifications to help with social distancing among students.
Republicans in the Senate, who delayed the release of their stimulus plan Thursday, have dismissed Trump’s call to withhold more federal aid from schools that remain shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.
But the White House is requesting that schools that don’t reopen don’t have access to the new funds, Trump said Thursday. Instead, in districts that remain closed, the White House has asked that the money “go to the parents” to allow them to make decisions about whether to send their children to private or charter schools.