Attorney General William Barr weighed in on the debates currently raging over schools, saying that teachers unions and leftists are keeping inner city kids locked in failing schools.
Speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox last night, he laid out the problems with defunding police, noting that communities across the country will not be better off without police. While defending police is advocated for under the belief that policing itself is inherently racist, and props up systemic racism in the nation, Barr believes that it is the educational system, instead, that is racist.
Barr said that the Democrats and the teachers' unions have teamed up to keep kids locked into failing schools, and preventing parents from being able to do anything about it. He said that empowerment for students would be for the government to allow parents to have the resources to send their children to the schools they see fit.
The argument over school choice has been compounded by the coronavirus restrictions, where many municipalities are not opening schools at the behest of the teachers' unions. Some teachers's unions are using the crisis to push for further progressive measures in education, while others are claiming to be too terrified to go back into the classroom.
Many of the largest school districts in the US, such as Los Angeles, are planning a full remote school term. New York City, however, which has the biggest public school system in the country, at 1.1 million students, will be enacting a blended approach, where kids attend school in-person one or two days per week while the rest of the learning week is conducted remotely.
The experiments in remote learning this past spring were decidedly less than optimal for many parents and students, and there have been concerns about just what is being taught in schools now that parents have had a birds-eye view of the classroom.