|Each dot represents a school district. Brookings Institution graph; click the image to enlarge it.|
Since rural counties are more likely to support Trump, and rural counties often lack adequate broadband access, it's unclear whether the study conflates local political sentiment with a decision tied to lack of resources, Jon Valant reports for Brookings.
School districts across the nation are debating how resume classes, with the possibility that a delay in in-person instruction could cost them. "Reporting on negotiations between the White House and Republican legislators suggests that almost half of funds for K-12 schools in the covid-19 aid package could be unavailable to schools that do not reopen with in-person learning," Valant writes. "CDC guidance on school reopening has become so politicized that it now lacks credibility. This puts local decision-makers in the precarious position of making reopening decisions with insufficient resources and information, and problematic incentives. Moreover, now that school reopening has become politicized—like mask-wearing and hydroxychloroquine before it—we’re all in the precarious position of having local and state leaders who might, knowingly or not, prioritize politics over safety and reason in their decision-making."