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Pence and DeVos visited the Thales Academy in the swing state of North Carolina to meet students and host a round table with the school faculty. The private school reopened with teaching in person earlier this month.
The Trump campaign later tweeted a video about him talking to those fourth-graders about what their favorite part of school is, which includes remarks from students who said they were happy to see their peers and teachers.
“Being with your friends is part of what makes school special, but also … it’s very important, the learning process,” he said. “[S]Tudents being together is important. ”;
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Pence removed his mask part of the way through the session with the students, while DeVos was not seen wearing a mask in class.
Public schools across Tarheel State are scheduled to reopen Aug. 17, although many students will still be learning remotely.
The visit comes amid a heated national debate over the reopening of schools, with the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress calling for schools to resume teaching in the fall and Democrats encourage a more cautious approach.
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“Vice President Pence may try to convince educators and students in some other way on this school visit, but the reality is that he was pushing educators across the country to reopening their doors without putting critical security measures in place, “said campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield. “We need an administration that puts the lives of the American people on their own self-interest.”