Senate health and education chair defends decisions to keep children home from school during pandemic – Fox News

by | Sep 4, 2022 | Education

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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said she is “proud” of how Democrats handled getting school children back in classrooms as they dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, and defended school closures even while acknowledging the impact that policy has had on children.Discussing the issue on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash asked Murray if it was a “mistake” to keep students home for so long. The question came in light of a Department of Education report on the nation’s plummeting test scores released Thursday, which showed dramatic losses across the board for students in the U.S.”Dana, this was a decision of local school officials and our scientific experts trying to get their hands around a pandemic that was killing millions of Americans to protect their children, to protect their staff, to protect their communities. I am proud that when Democrats got control a year and a half ago, Democrats voted for the American Rescue Plan that helped our kids get back into school safely – making sure that our schools had testing, and supplies, and ventilation, and the ability to make sure their kids could be safe at school. And today, virtually every child is back in school. That is what I focused on, making sure that we were providing the resources to our schools so they could reopen safely, and that’s what we have today.” …

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