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Bennett asserted that the U.S. could have a 'lost generation' of children

Former Secretary of Education Dr. Bill Bennett said Monday "it is a scandal" for many major public schools in the U.S. to continue to be shut down under President Biden’s administration.

"It’s true now that a lot of kids may not see classrooms until September," Bennett said during an appearance on "America’s Newsroom." "This is a catastrophe for these kids, and there’s no beating around the bush on this."

FAST FACTS

    • Bennet cautioned that teachers' unions hold significant power over democratic policy and the Biden administration.
    • The White House has said more funding is required to reopen schools safely and pushed for Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package to be passed in Congress.

    The White House has said more funding is required to reopen schools safely and pushed for Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package to be passed in Congress.

Bennett asserted that the U.S. could have a "lost generation" of children who will suffer academically, socially, and morally if a plan to return them to the classroom is not created soon.

Biden has called for most schools to reopen within his first 100 days in office.

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