Author: Kevin Richert, Idaho Education News 

For Thursday’s analysis piece on the politics of school reopening, Idaho Education News asked for comments from Idaho’s congressional delegation.

We asked the four Republicans to weigh in on President Trump’s push to reopen the nation’s schools in the fall — and his threat to withhold federal dollars from schools that remain closed.

Rep. Russ Fulcher: “I support opening schools and educating our kids in-person when it can be done in a way that is responsible to public health and safety, and believe our local school districts and state are in the best position to determine when to open schools based on local education, health, and other appropriate parameters. In regard to federal funding, these taxpayer dollars ultimately must be accounted for, to whatever degree the schools are operating or remain shut down.”

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