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DeVos: No more virtual schooling

A student at a Pre-K graduation ceremony in Jersey City, N.J., in June Associated Press/Photo by Seth Wenig (file)

DeVos: No more virtual schooling

Some local school districts have considered offering a mix of in-person and virtual classes in the fall because of the coronavirus. But in a call with governors on Tuesday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said schools must be “fully operational.”

Is that possible? It could cost the average school district $1.8 million annually to outfit its buildings for in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report from the American Association of School Administrators and the Association of School Business Officials. But DeVos pointed to the “disaster” of distance learning attempts in Northern Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools in the spring, saying sticking with online classes just wasn’t an option. “Students across the country have already fallen behind,” she said. “We need to make sure that they catch up.”

Dig deeper: Read Laura Edghill’s report in Schooled about why it would cost so much to return to classrooms while keeping students safe.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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Joe M

I respect DeVos, but this is ridiculous. The only urgency to reopening schools is the fact they now serve as daycare centers for a two-income houseild economy. Let's just be honest.


This is fantastically ironic of the Trump Administration and Ms. DeVoss and their current stance, considering what they have argued to this point. equally ironic is the position of the school lobby. Both have flipped flop in significant ways. 


Interesting. There have been charter schools that have successfully run online/distance learning programs for decades (we considered some when we were researchsing Homeschooling in the 1980s, and some had already been around for many many years...). How is the public school system attempt to mimic that success different?