We need to open our schools — that comment from President Trump Monday afternoon in Mankato brought spirited objections from a group of educators and parents. Qorsho Hassan, Minnesota’s incoming Teacher of the Year for 2021:

“We have school leaders who are out of touch.   They’re listening to loud, privileged voices and are not using scientific data responsibly.”

And Hassan contends the problem goes beyond even COVID-19:

“We cannot afford to go back to business-as-usual in our schools. We have students who are experiencing racism, displacement, hunger and homelessness on top of the pandemic.”

The president says many school districts can now re-open safely, provided they implement protocols to protect families, teachers and students.