While U.S. Senator David Perdue is taking action to equip schools with the tools they need to safely reopen with confidence that they can be protected from COVID-19, privileged liberal Jon Ossoff is working to undermine this critical aid for Georgia students, families, and educators by spreading misinformation.
With parents and teachers rightfully anxious about the dangers of COVID-19, Senator Perdue’s SCHOOL Act aims to provide solutions that bring confidence, trust, and optimism to re-opening safely. It has four main pillars:
- Providing grants to develop reopening strategies & secure supplies.
- Connecting schools with healthcare professionals.
- Creating a clearinghouse to exchange best practices.
- Promoting data transparency.
Ossoff falsely claimed in an interview with WSB-TV last week that schools that do not reopen immediately would not be eligible for grant money provided by the SCHOOL Act. The next day, Ossoff repeated this inaccurate statement during a Facebook event where he voiced his opposition to the SCHOOL Act, saying that Senator Perdue should go “back to the drawing board,” despite having no alternative proposal of his own.
Under the SCHOOL Act, which was formally introduced last week, no schools would be denied funding when they choose to reopen, even those that delay their openings to ensure the safety of their students. The SCHOOL Act does not include any federal mandates, instead trusting local schools to open when they see fit and is intended to make sure safety precautions, cleaning, PPE, data, and best practices are available for when they decide to open their doors.
This isn’t the first time Ossoff has been caught misleading voters about a major issue. Last week he repeated a widely debunked claim about COVID-19 and has broken a major promise to not accept corporate PAC donations. Ossoff also went out of his way to attack the Paycheck Protection Program – a solution supported by Senator Perdue that has saved 1.5 million jobs in Georgia – despite the fact that Ossoff’s father used a loan from the program to save his own company.
“It’s puzzling that Jon Ossoff would be against a good faith proposal that gives our schools, teachers and parents the tools they need to reopen safely now and in the coming weeks.” said Perdue for Senate Senior Spokeswoman Casey Black. “The SCHOOL ACT uses guidelines recommended by the CDC, pediatric healthcare experts, and local school officials and provides the resources to reopen with confidence. Politics shouldn’t get in the way of protecting our kids and teachers. It’s shocking that we even need to have this debate, but apparently Jon Ossoff doesn’t get it, or even worse, doesn’t care.”