Parents, Teachers Say Plan To Reopen NYC Schools Leaves Unanswered Questions

Steve Burns
July 09, 2020 - 4:21 pm

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to partially reopen schools in the fall has left parents and teachers with many lingering concerns. 

    The mayor unveiled his hybrid plan for schools to reopen in the fall on Wednesday. The plan includes “blending learning” for the city’s 1.1 million students. 

    “Blended learning simply means at some points in the week you’re learning in person, in the classroom, at other points in the week you’re learning remotely,” de Blasio explained. 

    The plan includes enhanced cleaning, more protective gear and extra staff. But may are wondering about how schools will afford the new costs.

    “If we don't get something either from the state, city or the federal government, opening schools safely becomes impossible,” says United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew.

    Overall, he likes Mayor de Blasio’s plan to bring kids back two to three days a week, but Mulgrew says there are several unanswered questions, especially around childcare.

    “You're gonna force parents to say job or children's education,” he says.

    City Councilmember Mark Treyger calls the mayor's plan incomplete.

    “They left people very confused, very worried,” he says.

    Treyger chairs the Education Committee and is a former teacher.

    He's putting out his own plan that would keep most high school students at home, opening up space to bring elementary and middle school students in five days a week with an option to opt out.

    “There's a way forward on this that meets the needs of working families, that respects the medical concerns of our school work force,” Treyger says. 

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