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The GOP Is Holding My Kids Hostage for a Third School Year


This weekend before school starts in Virginia, my wife and I will have to decide between my son’s education or our daughter’s health.

Millions of families around the country will be making similar painful compromises.

Our 5-year-old daughter Nusayba is an immuno-suppressed, Stage 4 cancer survivor who received a full liver transplant two years ago. Her brother, Ibrahim, is about to turn 7 and did virtual learning last year to keep his sister safe. Back in May, before the rise of the Delta variant, Nusayba’s doctors told us that it would be safe for her and her brother to both attend school in person in the fall. They were ecstatic, having spent the past two years in between hospitals, doctors’ visits, and stuck at home with their baby sister.

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