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Biden defends school policies, downplays recent shutdowns

The president maintained that schools can and should operate even as the pandemic continues

President Joe Biden touted his administration’s efforts to keep schools open during the pandemic on Wednesday as some schools are returning to remote instruction because of the Omicron variant.

Biden said that while some school buildings have temporarily shut down, the vast majority have continued to conduct in-person instruction. He credited billions in funding passed as part of last year’s American Rescue Plan, as well as his administration’s vaccination initiatives, for helping students and educators stay in school and minimize learning disruption.

“Very few schools are closing,” Biden said to reporters during a press conference marking his first year in office.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/19/biden-defends-school-policies-downplays-shutdowns-527416

 

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