Congressman Rick W. Allen (GA-12), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, today released the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued additional school reopening guidance:
“As I’ve been saying for months, schools can and should safely reopen with proper precautions – and today’s additional guidance from the CDC confirms this truth. Families around the country are desperate for their children to return to the classroom, yet President Biden and the Democrats are prioritizing their teacher union allies over the education of our students. The science remains clear that students and teachers can return to the classroom, and if the Biden Administration is serious about listening to science, they must put the well-being of our students first by reopening schools immediately."
Background Earlier this week, Congressman Allen introduced an amendment to House Democrats’ budget reconciliation scheme that would require K-12 school districts offer in-person instruction if they receive additional COVID relief funds. Four of his colleagues on the House Education and Labor Committee introduced similar common-sense amendments related to school reopenings, yet Democrats on the committee blocked all five of these efforts.
During the 116th Congress, Congressman Allen introduced the Educational Flexibility for Families Act, legislation that requires K-12 schools to provide an option for students to safely attend in-person classes for the upcoming school year in order to be eligible for additional federal assistance.