May 28, 2023
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Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis blasted the Biden administration as ignoring the COVID-19 lockdowns as the “real reason” behind rampant learning loss in the U.S.  (Courtesy of Governor DeSantis’ office)

Florida First Lady, Case DeSantis, is not staying away from the truth.

She blasted the Biden administration for leaving out the “real reason” for learning loss after their recent report came out.

DeSantis said the real reason was the “Democrat lockdowns”. The lockdown was the cause of the learning loss facing American students after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The latest ‘report’ from the Biden administration ignores the real reason for catastrophic learning loss: Democrat lockdowns,” DeSantis tweeted on Wednesday.

“While other states were locking people down, in Florida [Governor Ron DeSantis] lifted people up – Kids were in school, in person,” she continued.

The first lady’s tweets come after the Biden administration said it would take at least 250,000 tutors and mentors to make up for the pandemic learning loss.

“Due to the pandemic, kids are behind in math and reading,” Biden’s Twitter account read Tuesday. “We know how to help bridge this gap. I’m calling on schools to use American Rescue Plan funds to expand tutoring, summer learning, and afterschool programs and to provide 250,000 more tutors and mentors for our kids.”

The Department of Education announced the launch of the National Partnership for Student Success.

The Washington Examiner shared:

The initiative asks schools to spend their allocated funds under the American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress in the early days of the Biden administration, to “invest in strategies to accelerate academic recovery.”

The administration says the initiative will “bring together school districts, non-profit partners, and institutions of higher education to recruit, train, place, and support screened adults in critical high impact roles such as tutors, mentors, student success coaches, and more.”

“Through the NPSS, individuals, schools and districts, community-based organizations, employers, and colleges and universities can sign up to support student recovery through volunteer opportunities, national service opportunities, mentoring programs, and work-study opportunities,” the department said.

“Now — more than ever — students need to feel supported, seen, heard, and understood by adults in their schools and communities,” Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a press release.

“Today’s announcements and the launch of the National Partnership for Student Success will mean more students have a trusted adult in their corner, and more adults are prepared to address students’ academic, emotional, social, and mental health needs,” Cardona continued.

“Together, we can help all children make up for unfinished learning, recover from the pandemic, and prepare for future success – both inside and outside the classroom,” he added.

“Teachers unions fought to keep schools closed for over a year,” Corey DeAngelis, national director of research for the American Federation for Children, responded. He included examples to support his statement.

“Recent data from Harvard researchers found that (sic) it was not so much the pandemic itself but decisions by cities and states in response to the pandemic that determined how much kids fell behind,” ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis tweetet.

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