Jill Biden: 'With Joe As President, These Classrooms Will Ring Out With Laughter and Possibility Once Again'

By Susan Jones | August 19, 2020 | 8:16am EDT
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, sends a videotaped message to Democrats from an empty school building in Delaware. (Photo: Screen capture)
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, sends a videotaped message to Democrats from an empty school building in Delaware. (Photo: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - At a news conference last week, President Donald Trump said, "I have a feeling that on November 4th, somebody is going to announce schools are open. The country is open. Everything is open." Trump said he really believes the closures are "done for political reasons."

Sure enough, on Tuesday night, in a videotaped message to the Democrat National Convention, Dr. Jill Biden promised, "With Joe as president, these classrooms will ring out with laughter and possibility once again."

Biden taped her speech at an empty Brandywine High School in Delaware, where she once taught:

"Yes, so many classrooms are quiet right now," she said.

The playgrounds are still. But if you listen closely, you can hear the sparks of change in the air. Across this country, educators, parents, first responders, Americans of all walks of life are putting their shoulders back, fighting for each other.

We haven't given up. We just need leadership worthy of our nation -- worthy of you -- honest leadership, to bring us back together to recover from this pandemic and prepare for whatever else is next.

Leadership, to reimagine what our nation will be. That's Joe. He and Kamala will work as hard as you do, every day, to make this nation better. And if I have the honor of serving as your first lady, I will, too.

And with Joe as President, these classrooms will ring out with laughter and possibility once again.

The Biden campaign last month released a plan to re-open schools and child care programs.

"Biden would mobilize the federal government, in cooperation with educators, child care providers, unions, communities, and families, to take decisive action," the plan says.

Biden's plan would:

-- Significantly scale-up National Institutes of Health-funded COVID-19 pediatric research partnerships to help address the glaring gaps in our understanding of how the virus affects children and generate evidence-based guidance.

-- Build a Safer Schools Best Practices Clearinghouse to help schools and child care providers across the country and around the world share approaches and tools for reopening.

--Provide funds for child care providers and schools -- particularly Title I schools -- to cover costs, including personal protective equipment and enhanced sanitation efforts; alterations to classrooms, schedules, class sizes, and transportation so students can physically distance; upgraded technology and broadband for new forms of instruction; support for social-emotional learning; and training for educators, parents, and students as they adapt to new circumstances.

In addition, Biden would direct the federal government to provide regular and reliable COVID-19 testing for every worker called back on the job – paid for by the federal government, with a federal guarantee of availability and rapid reporting of results — for the duration of the crisis.

The Democrats' Heroes Act would provide $100 billion in direct emergency funding for childcare providers, school districts, and institutions of higher education to adapt to the pandemic with more spacing of students, more teachers, better ventilation and so on.

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