July 3, 2020 — Mayor De Blasio announced a plan to open NYC schools in September and Cuomo’s office responded by stating the mayor does not have the authority to open schools. That’s because Cuomo was given emergency (dictator-like) powers till April of 2021 with the passage of bill S7919. De Blasio knew this would be Cuomo’s response. The mayor is politically positioning himself in line with the Governors of New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which are all planning for or recommending schools to open in September.
Cuomo is eerily silent about whether New York schools will reopen in September. He’s released no guidance, and no plan. I maintain that is because he does not want in-person schooling to reopen in order to move along the horrifying Bill Gates “Reimagine Education” agenda which would drastically expand remote learning.
What De Blasio just did was say, “Now all eyes on you Andrew – whatchyagonnado???“
New York City is the largest school system in the nation, educating 1 million children. The time to plan a reopening is right now as there is no time to lose. Seeing the northeast states trending towards opening De Blasio felt it was necessary to pick a side. The final push for De Blasio was seeing the AAP releasing an extensive report stating it is perfectly safe to begin in-person schooling once again.
If Cuomo decides to reopen schools (although all signs are that he does not want to) De Blasio is already positioned for it and planning ahead. If Cuomo keeps schools closed when the backlash comes from parents, social workers, therapists, and various organizations who will rightly show all the data building up proving children are being more harmed than helped by schools remaining closed, De Blasio can say, “You see! I had a plan to reopen but the Governor screwed up.” It’s actually pretty smart politics for Dumb Dumb De Blah Blah.
Ball’s in your court Cuomo.