De Blasio, Cuomo still butting heads over reopening NYC schools

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April 12, 2020 - 5:37 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio remained at odds Sunday on the mayor’s plan to close schools in the nation’s largest district.

    De Blasio announced Saturday that the public school sites in the city’s 1.1 million-student school district would close for the rest of the academic year to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

    After Cuomo challenged de Blasio’s authority to do it, the mayor doubled down on Sunday by saying, “We were quite certain it was the right thing to do.”

    Two hours later, Cuomo repeated his position that school closings would have to be coordinated with districts surrounding the city.

    Talk of closing schools for the year is “premature,” the governor said at his own briefing. “I don’t think anyone can make an informed decision right now.”

    De Blasio said his goal to reopen school sites by September, adding that high school graduates may have to go without a commencement ceremony.

    At his press briefing Sunday, de Blasio said it ultimately comes down to protecting students, educators and their families.

    "It's abundantly clear that to do those things we have to keep our schools closed for the remainder of the school year. So this is just about doing our jobs and making sure people are safe," de Blasio said.

    An hour later at his briefing, Cuomo said it was still too early to make the call and that a decision to reopen schools coincide with the decision to reopen businesses.

    "If you say the schools are closed through June, you're effectively saying businesses are closed through June because you can't restart the economy fully without restarting schools," the governor said.

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