It’s clear that the Biden-Harris administration has been kowtowing to teachers’ unions’ demands that are contrary to “The Science” during the past few months, but it appears the cozying up was even deeper than anyone imagined.
When Joe Biden was running for President, he was going on and on about the need for children to return to school, but when he took office, he took a much more cautious approach. The Biden-Harris administration had committed to getting schools open, which to them meant students attending class in person at least one day a week. It was a disgusting moving of the goalposts, but, well, that seems to be how they do business in the West Wing now.
In a recent interview, Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Teachers Federation, said that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the Biden-Harris administration asked for the language and then used it almost verbatim.
The CDC guidelines released in February, while not in complete alignment with union demands with the inclusion of language saying COVID-19 vaccines are optional for educators teaching in-person and students must be 3 feet apart rather than 6, still included some verbatim wording from the American Federation of Teachers, according to documents obtained by The New York Post.
“This is normal rulemaking, frankly,” Weingarten told C-SPAN when asked about the Post’s report. “This is what every administration used to do. The problem with the last administration didn’t do it.”
She continued: “[The CDC] asked us for language and we gave them language.”
“But if you look at the public record, I was saying these kinds of these publicly,” she added. “So there’s nothing nefarious about doing this kind of work.”
Emails obtained by the Post revealed a “flurry” of communication between AFT senior director for health issues Kelly Trautner, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, other CDC advisors and Biden administration officials including White House associate director of public engagement Will McIntee. The communications suggest efforts to coordinate the CDC’s reopening guidelines with recommendations from the AFT.
Source: Fox News
Weingarten has been pushing to keep schools closed to in-person learning. The American Teachers Federation is the largest teachers union in the U.S.
Here is Randi Weingarten admitting that the AFT essentially wrote the CDC guidance on reopening schools.
HUGE: AFT’s @rweingarten tells CSPAN the Biden Admin “asked for language” they could use in the CDC’s guidance on school re-openings (which was used “nearly verbatim”).
“They asked us for language and we gave them language when they asked for it.” pic.twitter.com/CdYXpL9htu
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 18, 2021
So much for following “The Science™”, this was about following the union demands at the expense of the education, health, and mental health of children.
Great job, AFT!
Powerful teachers’ unions that don’t give a damn about the students are just one more reason why you should do your best to get your kids out of public schools.
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