President Trump asks Gov. Parson about changing the name of St. Louis

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was invited to the White House for a meeting with President Trump about reopening the schools in the fall.

After Gov. Parson wrapped up his comments about why he thinks children should head back to school this fall, the President asked him a question.

Trump: “You won’t be changing the name St. Louis, will you?”

Parson: “No, we will not be doing that.”

Trump: “Thank you, thank you, that is very important.”

There have been protests recently over the statue of St. Louis’ namesake in Forest Park. You can read more about the debate in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Anything less, she said, would fail students and taxpayers.

DeVos made the comments during a call with governors as the Trump administration launched an all-out effort to get schools and colleges to reopen. Audio of the call was obtained by The Associated Press.

“Ultimately, it’s not a matter of if schools need to open, it’s a matter of how. School must reopen, they must be fully operational. And how that happens is best left to education and community leaders,” DeVos told the governors.

The president has insisted that schools and colleges return to in-person instruction as soon as possible. He said Monday on Twitter that Democrats want to keep schools closed “for political reasons, not for health reasons.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out guidance for schools last month, including staggering schedules, spreading out desks, having meals in classrooms instead of the cafeteria, adding physical barriers between bathroom sinks and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.

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