On this week's political podcast, Milfred and Hands tout Dr. Anthony Fauci's call for returning children to in-person classes sooner than later, despite COVID-19.
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The health of our children is at stake -- especially the future of disadvantaged children -- if they don't get back into classes with teachers and peers soon.
Milfred and Hands talk about the strong reaction to the State Journal's recent editorial on the controversial topic of returning students, starting with the youngest. Unlike many districts across Wisconsin, schools in Madison haven't offered in-person classes for most students since March.
Europe has shown in-person classes can be held safely, according to Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert. That's because young people don't spread and contract COVID-19 nearly as much as adults, and kids are much less likely to get sick if infected.
But some teachers unions, such as Madison's, are opposed. Others, such as the teachers union in New York City, have favored a gradual reopening, as have New York's mayor, governor and President-elect Joe Biden.
Milfred and Hands cite Alice Cooper and their own experiences with children doing online school in Madison to bolster the case for returning kids to school buildings.
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