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Republicans earmark $70 billion for K-12 schools, but tie bulk of funding to in-person learning (NBC)

July 28, 2020

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"'Having every school reopened with normal operations simultaneously would be an extreme risk,' says Jeremy Konyndyk, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development.

While studies show children may not contract severe Covid-19 cases as easily as adults, schools are an ecosystem in which adult teachers, staff, bus drivers and administrators are needed. Even lower levels of coronavirus spread could mean that the U.S. has to deal with an overwhelming number of infected classrooms all at the same time, says Konyndyk, who is the former director for foreign disaster assistance under the Obama administration and who oversaw the U.S. government’s Ebola operations in West Africa."

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