Pence urges in-person school during visit to North Carolina

Vice President Pence and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos arrive at RDU. (Photo: WTVD)

APEX, NC (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said schools around the country will have the resources they need to reopen for in-person learning during a visit to a classroom of masked fourth graders at a North Carolina private school.

Pence visited a Raleigh-area campus of Thales Academy on Wednesday as part of a push to encourage more K-12 schools to reopen with in-person instruction.

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The visit comes as President Donald Trump has threatened to hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall.

Critics have slammed Trump over the threats and argue that his administration hasn’t provided enough resources or guidance to schools.