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Is one day a week enough? Biden's school goal draws blowback


February 11, 2021

Mel Melcon - Los Angeles Times/TNS

Students from Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, Calif., take part in a rally near the school at Chumash Park, asking for the option to return to in person learning.

President Joe Biden is being accused of backpedaling on his pledge to reopen the nation's schools after the White House added fine print to his promise and made clear that a full reopening is still far from sight.

Biden's initial pledge in December was to reopen "the majority of our schools" in his first 100 days in office. In January he specified that the goal applied only to schools that teach through eighth grade. And this week the White House said that schools will be considered opened as long as they teach in-person at least one day a week.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the goal Wednesday, calling it part of a "bold ambitious agenda." But she also said it's a bar the administration hopes to exceed.


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