Posted 36 days ago
In a blistering opinion piece, The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board accused President Biden of trying to rewrite history after his administration took credit for reopening schools after COVID-19 closures.
The White House released a statement Monday, touting Biden's "swift actions and historic investments" that led to "every school in America" safely opening for in-person instruction after the pandemic. The WSJ's editorial board mocked the notion this was something the White House should be proud of writing, "What an achievement—three and a half years after the start of the pandemic, all schools are open."
Schools would have been open much sooner if the administration hadn't followed the advice of teachers' union leader, Randi Weingarten, the WSJ argued.
"The Administration omits that its own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took dictation from union chief Randi Weingarten for its reopening guidelines," the WSJ wrote. "Those guidelines gave unions in urban school districts like Chicago cover to delay the return to full in-person learning."
"Schools would have opened much sooner had Mr. Biden used his bully pulpit and leveraged federal money," the paper added. "The Administration could have conditioned the nearly $200 billion in Covid funds that Congress appropriated for schools on their reopening. Instead, schools were showered with more money than they could usefully spend."
Students didn't benefit from these additional funds, the WSJ argued. While the hiring of school employees like social workers and nurses skyrocketed since the pandemic, test scores and student attendance continue to go down.
"The share of students reporting five or more days of missed school in the last month has doubled since 2020," the WSJ cited. "Nor has the Covid money done much to make up for learning loss. Eighth grade U. S. history test scores this year hit an all-time low. Average reading scores for 13-year-olds were the worst since the 1970s."... (Read more)