The outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United States has caused dramatic upheavals at almost every level of our society. Schools have temporarily closed, professional sports have shut down, and many have self-isolated by not going into work or out in public unless absolutely necessary. The pandemic has raised important questions about federalism and what level of government should be in charge of making mandatory quarantine decisions at this time. Specifically, should state governments or the national government determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year?
Those who support state governments determining whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not argue that our system of federalism allows for a decentralized approach when it comes to certain issues like education and health. This side argues that state governments understand the situation within their borders better than a distant national government.
Those who support the national government determining whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not argue that the country needs a unified approach during this time. This side argues that allowing for various state policies will create confusion and could potentially affect the fight to stop the spread of the virus.
So, what do you think? Should state governments determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year? You can argue Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year; No, the national government should make this decision; or something else!
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