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Mike Pence to visit Raleigh in push for schools to reopen

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Posted at 9:46 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 09:46:11-04

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will travel to a private school in Raleigh, North Carolina, to highlight how they've worked to resume in-person classes safely in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The visit comes as President Donald Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos urge states to adopt a default approach to let K-12 students go to classes in the fall entirely in person.

The Trump administration has threatened to withhold federal funds from districts that adopt a hybrid model or go entirely online.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has directed school districts to reopen with a mix of online and in-person instruction or fully remote learning.