Some City Lawmakers Call For Delay Of Reopening Schools

Marla Diamond
August 14, 2020 - 2:02 pm

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    NEW  YORK (WCBS 880) — Education unions on Friday continued to pressure city officials to postpone the start on in-person classes as Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his hybrid plan.

    Some state lawmakers have joined the call to delay the reopening of schools and the New York City Council held a virtual press conference to push for remote learning until “adequate funding and resources have been identified to safely operationalize school reopening plans.”

    With the city in a fiscal crisis not seen since the 1970's, the head of the City Council's Education Committee Mark Treyger wonders where the city will get the money for personal protective equipment and daily sterilization of school buildings.

    “You can't plan a system this large just week by week,” Treyger said. “Do we have the budget to deep clean school every night that takes us past October? I don't think we do at this time.”

    Treyger was joined by the Teacher's Union and Community Education Committee 21 Vice President Priscilla Santos, who says Title 1 schools in poorer neighborhoods will suffer most.

    “You're leaving a big gap open for racial, economic and social disparities,” she warned city lawmakers.

    School districts still must submit their reopening plans to Albany by end of day Friday.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 107 districts across the state have not submitted their plans and if they fail to do so, they will have to go all remote for the school year.

    New York City has submitted a plan for blended learning, in which students would attend in-person instruction on some days and continue with remote learning on other days, 

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