Teacher Union Leader Says Trump's School Plan Is 'Irresponsible And Disrespectful''

Nina Esposito Visgitis says officials have been planning on how to keep students safe for months

Joe DeStio
July 08, 2020 - 3:21 pm

    PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The president of the Pittsburgh School Teachers Union is sharply critical of President Donald Trump for demanding that all schools hold classes in person during the upcoming school year.

    Trump has threatened loss of federal funds to schools that hold classes online because of the health risk.

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    Nina Esposito Visgitis says she also wants classes in person, but not if school were to open today.

    She tells KDKA Radio, “What the president said I think was irresponsible and disrespectful to the process of people who have been working really hard to find safe ways to get our kids and our teachers back to work.”

    “I’m sure hoping people wise up and stay out of the bars and wear their masks, I’m hopeful, I don’t know how fast it can clean up,” Visgitis added.

    Visgitis says committees composed of educators and community members have planned for three options next month, classes in school, online and a hybrid of the two.

    The school board will receive the recommendations at its July 22 meeting

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