New York City is poised to be the only one of the country’s 10 largest school districts to open schools for the start of the 2020-21 school year. That became possible when the state — once the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic — dramatically lowered its covid-19 infection rate with strict public health measures. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) announced last week that school districts could choose to reopen as long as their positivity rate was under 5 percent.
De Blasio has repeatedly said he wants to reopen schools because children learn better in person and because