But it’s For The Children™, right?
In case there was any question as to how teacher’s unions are responding to our kids being displaced from school… The Durham Association of Educators in North Carolina is using the pandemic school closures as opportunity to make political demands.
Collin Anderson of the Washington Free Beacon reports:
Just days after the Durham Association of Educators (DAE) issued a statement railing against the school district’s reopening plan, Durham Public Schools voted unanimously to hold all classes virtually for at least the first nine weeks of the school year. Included in the DAE statement was a call to adopt a variety of far-left policy goals before holding in-person classes, including Medicare for All and “direct income support regardless of immigration status.”
“There are concrete policies that have permitted other countries to flatten the curve and return to public life: moratoriums on rent and mortgage, universal health care, direct income support regardless of immigration status,” the statement reads. “We must fight together, collectively, for changes that will permit our communities to thrive during this pandemic and beyond.”
The union’s statement also calls for a full shutdown of the state, saying “until that is done, remote learning should remain the default.”
The district did not respond to a request for comment.
The 2020-2021 school year has become a hot-button issue in recent weeks amid an aggressive push from President Donald Trump to reopen campuses. On July 8, he threatened to cut federal funding for schools that fail to reopen in the fall, sparking pushback from teachers’ unions at the local, state, and national levels.
In California, the United Teachers of Los Angeles have an even lengthier list of demands. From Capital Research:
Conveniently, the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), the teachers union in Los Angeles Unified School District, has all but admitted this—minus favorable reference to the missing-presumed-dead Hoffa. In a report titled “Same Storm but Different Boats,” the union demands, among other things:
- $250 million in extra taxpayer funding for Los Angeles schools,
- An additional $500 billion in federal funding,
- Government-run Medicare for All,
- A wealth tax,
- An increase in the California state income tax,
- Defunding the police,
- A ban on new charter schools, and
- Public benefits for illegal immigrants as part of the plan to reopen schools.
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