MCCANDLESS (KDKA) — Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai says it is “outrageous” that state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera is warning that schools might not open in the fall.
Last week, Rivera said on a conference call that “there’s a great deal of uncertainty” surrounding the next school year.READ MORE: KDKA-TV Program Alert: Continuing Coverage Of Bridge Collapse
Turzai told KDKA’s Jon Delano that Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration should focus on reopening schools, not delaying it.
Turzai wants to hear from Wolf’s administration about a plan to return kids to school safely.READ MORE: Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Stepping Down After 2022 NFL Draft
“His attitude is a ‘can’t-do’ attitude,” Turzai said. “It needs to be a ‘can-do’ attitude, and we have to open the schools safely by Labor Day, period.”
Delano: Is that possible?
Turzai: It’s definitely possible and we need to use common sense and safe practices.
Turzai says children are at much less risk for coronavirus than seniors and those in nursing homes and schools can reopen while remaining safe.MORE NEWS: At Site Of Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse, President Joe Biden Promises To 'Fix Them All'
“Instead of providing direction and hope … he has fostered anxiety, depression and hopelessness,” Turzai said.