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School Daze: De Blasio Closes, Cuomo Disposes

Posted 4/20/20

Mayor de Blasio’s April 11 declaration that the city’s 1,800 public schools would remain closed through the end of the school year was overruled by Governor Cuomo just hours later—and the political squabbling between the two was panned by educators, parents and activists.

The Mayor had announced March 15 that schools would close until at least April 20 as part of the city’s coronavirus response, leaving staff scrambling to train in distance-learning. With that date approaching and the number of COVID-19 cases across the city surpassing 117,000, he said that keeping schools closed would help in the fight against the virus.

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