If we’ve learned anything throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that most teachers’ unions should be disbanded. They’re poison, at best, and while they donate to the “follow the science” party, they appear to refuse to follow the science that says it’s perfectly fine for most schools to go back to in-person learning.
According to PJ Media, the latest example of that would be the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), which covers the second-largest school district in the entire country.
On the heels of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement of a re-opening plan that took months of negotiation between his office and state Democrats — and a plan that has already been widely criticized — the UTLA did what any left-leaning organization typically excels at doing, which is playing the race card.
UTLA President Cecily Mart-Cruz made crystal clear at a recent press conference that she feels the re-opening plan is not fair to minority communities.
“We are being unfairly targeted by people who are not experiencing this disease in the same ways as students and families are in our communities,” Mart-Cruz said. “If this was a rich person’s disease, we would’ve seen a very different response. We would not have the high rates of infections and deaths.”
“Now educators are asked instead to sacrifice ourselves, the safety of our students and the safety of our schools,” she added, once again completely ignoring “science” as many similar unions have done for the past several months.
The plan, which again has been criticized mostly, with a few exceptions, aims at incentivizing school districts to open before April 1, offering those districts millions in state grant money to do so. So, obviously, there’s no real enforcement or mandate for them to open, which is why the plan is still considered quite weak.
Newsom’s plan also comes as more teachers are vaccinated and COVID-19 case rates generally on the decline, adding even more proof that getting children back in school is more safe than it has been in nearly a year.
But Myart-Cruz insists that the white, wealthy parents of California schoolchildren are behind the “political” push to “rush” the state’s re-opening plans.
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“The fact is that the plan does not supersede our legal right to bargain working conditions with LAUSD and our continued determination to do so,” Myart-Cruz said.
It’s mind-boggling that UTLA would push back so hard, given what we’re learning about the devastating effects of keeping children out of the classroom for so long. Grades and overall performance has gone downhill, fast. And while it’s true that COVID-19 has somewhat disproportionately affected Black and Latino communities, the CDC and other science “experts” have essentially said, on numerous occasions, that students are probably safer in the classroom more than anywhere else, given that transmission risk in the classroom is “scant.”
Some have suggested that unions like UTLA are ultimately holding schoolchildren hostage in the hopes of receiving more grant money and incentives. I truly hope that’s not the case, as keeping children at home right now is absolutely the most dangerous avenue of approach to this situation.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org