A recent report shows that about 3 million students have disappeared from virtual classrooms, functionally dropping out of school since education moved online in March.
Sen. Ted Cruz and a cadre of other Republicans condemned the Democrat run government for keeping in-person schooling shut down.
Fallen off the grid. Abandoned.
Dem politicians are fine with it—want it to continue indefinitely.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 2, 2021
The report comes in the middle of a national battle against teachers unions, who have fought to keep the schools closed out of fear of worsening the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, their concerns come in spite of various studies which have demonstrated that children are at low risk of spreading the virus.
States such as South Dakota and Florida have returned to in-person schooling at the behest of their Republican Governors.
Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota has been pushing the issue hard as well as speaking out on social media. She pointed out how in her state, students have been attending school “IN THE CLASSROOM this entire school year,” and declaring that “It’s the best decision for their overall health.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida also gave a speech in which he congratulated the state as being one of “only and handful of states” where any and all children have a right to attend school. He also stressed the importance of opening businesses for the economy: “Every job is essential.”