One of the things that has been making millions of Americans furious about the COVID pandemic, has been the refusal of some schools to fully reopen.
People have long suspected that teacher unions were playing an outsized role in this decision and even influencing official government policy.
Now we know that’s true because the head of the most powerful teacher union just admitted it.
The New York Post reports:
Powerful teachers union influenced CDC on school reopenings, emails show
The American Federation of Teachers lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on, and even suggested language for, the federal agency’s school-reopening guidance released in February.
The powerful teachers union’s full-court press preceded the federal agency putting the brakes on a full re-opening of in-person classrooms, emails between top CDC, AFT and White House officials show.
The emails were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative watchdog group Americans for Public Trust and provided to The Post.
The documents show a flurry of activity between CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, her top advisors and union officials — with Biden brass being looped in at the White House — in the days before the highly-anticipated Feb. 12 announcement on school-reopening guidelines.
“Thank you again for Friday’s rich discussion about forthcoming CDC guidance and for your openness to the suggestions made by our president, Randi Weingarten, and the AFT,” wrote AFT senior director for health issues Kelly Trautner in a Feb 1 email — which described the union as the CDC’s “thought partner.”
Watch the video below:
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
Democrats constantly claim to be the party of science, but this shows that’s not true.
They give way too much power and influence to teacher unions.