The Wall Street Journal says teachers unions are blocking the reopening of some schools throughout the nation.
The Journal made its comments in an editorial posted Wednesday night. The editorial was headlined: "Back to School: No Excuses."
"Democrats have been saying for weeks that parents don’t want to send their kids back to school," the newspaper said. "They must have figured out this is false, judging by Joe Biden’s speech Wednesday blaming President [Donald] Trump for the failure of some public schools to reopen."
But it says the teachers unions are responsible.
"The main obstacle to reopening schools isn’t the virus," said the editorial. "It’s the teachers’ unions. The virus has been under control in New York City for months, yet the teachers union this week threatened a strike unless classroom instruction was delayed. Mayor Bill de Blasio naturally surrendered, though state law prohibits teachers from striking.
"Mr. Biden and the unions say schools can’t safely reopen without hundreds of billions of more dollars from the feds. But states still haven’t spent much of the $13.5 billion that Congress appropriated in March for schools or $150 billion in general virus relief. And many states have worked to return to classrooms."
And it noted that teachers unions in Rhode Island are also objecting to schools reopening in their state. But Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, is warning that districts that don’t reopen for in-person learning might face lawsuits from parents or lose federal funds.
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