Cuomo, de Blasio Battle Over Opening Schools – and the Economy
April 15, 2020
With more than 55 million children out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic, the decision to send them back isn't one to be made lightly. Complicating the decision is the economy and the question of whether a recovery can truly take place if schoolchildren are still at home – and that debate is prompting a battle between city and state officials in New York.
The standoff between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who sees the reopening of New York City schools as crucial to jumpstarting the economy of the city, state and even tri-state area, and Mayor Bill De Blasio, who announced over the weekend that schools will remain shuttered for the rest of the academic year, highlights the major complications ahead for state and city officials in parts of the country beginning to flatten the coronavirus curve who are strategizing about how to reopen.