CDC school reopening plan relied on left-wing teachers' union

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
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Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

desks in high school classroomNewly released documents are shedding light on a behind-the-scenes partnership that is likely to outrage parents: A powerful teachers' union worked with the Biden administration to influence February’s long-anticipated announcement about reopening tens of thousands of public schools.

Using a Freedom of Information Act request, watchdog group Americans for Public Trust obtained emails that show the Centers for Disease Control relied on the American Federation of Teachers over guidelines, such as masks and social distancing, for returning to in-person classroom instruction.

Many teachers’ unions have angrily opposed returning to school classrooms during the pandemic and have repeatedly accused frustrated parents of wishing harm, and even death, on their children’s teachers.

The New York Post, which reviewed the emails, reports in a May 1 story that American Federation described itself as a “thought partner” as it made recommendations to the CDC on the then-pending announcement. 

According to the Post, the lobbying “paid off” when the CDC announced its guidelines because the suggestions made by American Federation were adopted nearly verbatim in the CDC’s official document. When that announcement was made, the teachers' union praised the guidelines it had helped to craft.

"I can assure you," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said in February, "that this is free from political meddling." 

“We shouldn't have a politicized public health bureaucracy, like the CDC, answering at the beck and call of the teachers' union,” U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, responding to the emails, told Fox News. “We need kids back in school and back in real school, not sitting in the classroom viewing a Zoom session where teachers are not in the classroom."

A professor of medicine told the Post it was "very, very troubling" to see a political group influence what is supposed to be science-based guidance. 

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