WASHINGTON, DC – On January 6th, a reporter put White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the spot regarding Chicago public schools not being open – thereby adversely affecting the likes of lower income and minority families – despite how vocal President Joe Biden has been about equity in education.
“As we speak right now, 350,000 kids – school kids in Chicago – remain out of school,” the reporter said. “Most are black, Hispanic and are poor. This administration has called for equity in education, so who does the Biden administration blame for failing these young kids?”
Instead of delivering a direct answer to the reporter’s question regarding who the current administration “blames” regarding Chicago schools not being open, Psaki delivered a response that consisted of her claiming that Biden agrees schools should be open.
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“Well, first of all, the president has been very clear – he wants these schools to be open, including in Chicago, and including across the country. Uh, that we took steps early on in the pandemic, even against skeptics who didn’t think we needed this funding in the American Rescue Plan to pass $130 billion that has already been distributed to states and gone to many schools across the country to put in place mitigation measures. It hasn’t been applied everywhere, but a lot of states have used this, and a lot of communities have used this very effectively.
“So he would like to see schools open. He believes not having them open, as you’ve touched on, impacts the mental health of children. We’ve seen that. We know that learning gaps is something we’re seriously at risk of at this point in time – and that’s why we’ll continue to call for schools to be open – 96% are open across the country and are doing the right thing.”
REPORTER: "As we speak right now, 350,000 kids, school kids in Chicago, remain out of school. Most are black, Hispanic, and are poor. This administration has called for equity in education. So who does the Biden administration blame for failing these young kids?" pic.twitter.com/ciMEkBvgRH
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 6, 2022
This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on January 6, 2022. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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