Totally not a coincidence her call comes days after emails showed her union pushed the CDC to keep the schools closed in the 2020-2021 academic year.
You all know I don’t believe in coincidences.
It cannot be a coincidence that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten pushed to reopen all schools in the fall days after emails showed AFT pushing the CDC to keep schools closed this school year.
I hope Weingarten doesn’t expect accolades and a pat on the back. From CBS News:
“The United States will not be fully back, until we are fully back in school. And my union is all in,” Weingarten said in a virtual address, announcing that the AFT would dedicate $5 million in a campaign to support reopening. She said that the pandemic had not only shown that in-person learning is how “kids learn best and that prolonged isolation is harmful,” but also “underscored how important educators are.”
Weingarten pushed back against the critics who have blamed teachers unions for school districts’ hesitancy to reopen, as unions have demanded certain safety measures. She said detractors were “ignoring the extreme disparities among schools and blaming teachers for problems outside their control.”
Weingarten argued that “conditions have changed,” with the main “game-changer” being COVID-19 vaccines. According to AFT data, 89% of members are fully vaccinated or want to be, Weingarten said.
“We can and we must reopen schools in the fall for in-person teaching, learning and support. And keep them open. Fully and safely, five days a week,” she said.
Oh, yeah. Weingarten whined that people “scapegoated teachers and vilified their unions” over school closures. She once again claimed they kept schools closed because of safety and health issues.
Okay, lady. I did not get that vibe when I blogged about the teachers union in Chicago. How about the San Francisco teachers union and district agreeing to reopen just as time is about to run out to receive $12 million in public funds?
Considering private schools and some public schools in the nation opened in August or September 2020 without many problems the unions have no defense.
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