The New York superintendent requires “Marshall Plan” for colleges: “We screamed” for help
White Plains Public Schools superintendent Joseph Ricca says more federal support needs to be provided to keep schools safe and open.
The coronavirus pandemic has left the country’s schools in the dark. Many buildings are closed and unsure when to reopen.
Superintendents in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago recently called for a massive injection of federal aid, a plea confirmed by White Plains Public School Superintendent Joseph Ricca in FOX Business Network’s “After the Bell” .
“We need a plan like the Marshall Plan,” said Ricca, referring to the massive post-WWII foreign aid initiative that helped rebuild Western Europe. “We didn’t have extensive federal support for public schools.”
Ricca added that despite the importance of public schools to the communities, their children and the local economy, there have been “barbecues” from the government.
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Students enter PS 134 Henrietta Szold Elementary School on Monday, December 7, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan)
“We screamed after the HEROES bill was passed to support us in public schools and make sure we have what we need to stay open to support our children,” he said. “It’s just not coming through.”
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Ricca said schools need “comprehensive” coronavirus screening and testing, and stated that districts across the country do not yet have “basic” contact tracing programs.
“We’re doing this all by ourselves now,” he said. “And on top of that, we do it and we know that our states have deficits because the federal government has not given any support. To get this right, we need a Marshall Plan. “
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