The unions will argue that no public school district in the state is expected to reopen as scheduled next month. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said she was frustrated Mr DeSantis failed to follow the hard-hit California and Texas governors, who have said in recent days that schools can open to distance.
“It’s like he’s in this intense denial that his condition is terribly in danger,” Ms. Weingarten said.
Major Republicans have met with Trump to facilitate the implementation of their relief package.
The two main Republicans in Congress met with Trump at the White House on Monday morning in an effort to resolve differences with the administration over what should be in the next wave of federal relief.
The meeting, which included Mr. Trump, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin came after the administration moved over the weekend to block billions of dollars that the Republicans had included in their draft proposal. The money had been allocated for testing and research efforts across the country, and to fund federal health agencies, and the move infuriated Republicans in Congress.
Mr McConnell had planned to unveil his opening offer shortly before entering what is expected to be a grueling round of negotiations with the Democrats. According to Mnuchin, the goal of the plan would be “children, jobs and vaccines.”
“We want to make sure that people who can go to work safely can do so,” he told reporters at the White House. “We will have tax credits that will encourage businesses to get people back to work.”
The two sides remain far apart on a number of critical issues that must be resolved before August: increased unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who will expire at the end of the month, additional funding for state and local governments, money for schools. and protecting the liability of workers and businesses who remain open during the pandemic. The Republican offer is likely to be a package of around $ 1 trillion. McConnell said Monday they would start “socializing” the discussion among Republicans at Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Democrats say their starting point remains a much more expensive $ 3 trillion package than the one approved by the House in May, and they signal they are prepared to block the Republicans’ bill if they deem it insufficient to meet the needs of the country. Their proposal would send aid to state and local governments and provide another round of direct payments of $ 1,200 to taxpayers.