President Trump announced last week that if schools do not reopen in the fall, the funding allocated for each student should be sent to the parents so they can choose how to use the money for their child's education.
"If schools do not reopen, the funding should go to parents to send their child to public, private, charter, religious, or homeschool of their choice," Trump said during a Thursday press conference. "...If the school is closed, the money should follow the student so the parents and families are in control of their own decisions. So we'd like the money to go to the parents of the student. This way, they can make the decision that's best for them."
The president reiterated that keeping 50 million children from attending in-person instruction will harm their "mental, physical, and emotional development."
"Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation," Trump said, quoting the American Academy of Pediatrics' Guidance for School Re-entry.
Trump also announced he had asked Congress to contribute $105 billion to schools to support smaller class sizes, additional teachers, and "repurposing spaces to practice social distancing."