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Washington’s Democratic Senator Patty Murray told CNN she was “proud” of how Democrats handled getting kids back into classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic and defended school closures while acknowledging the impact the disastrous policy has had on children.
While on the network’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash asked Murray if it was a “mistake” to keep students home for so long, referencing the Department of Education report released Thursday on the country’s tanking test scores, which revealed losses for students in all demographics across the country.
Those statistics included reading scores in 2022 for 9-year-olds dropping by 5 points and math scores going down by 7 compared to 2020 which according to the department was “the largest average score decline in reading since 1990, and the first ever score decline in mathematics.”
The Senate’s health and education chair told the host, “Dana, this was a decision of local school officials and our scientific experts trying to get their hands around a pandemic that was killing millions of Americans to protect their children, to protect their staff, to protect their communities.
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