The nation’s second-largest teachers union heavily lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to delay for as long as possible resuming in-person learning for public school students due to the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the group Americans for Public Trust revealed that there was extensive communication between the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the CDC, and the Biden regime in the weeks leading up to the CDC’s release of school reopening guidelines back in February.
Apparently, public school teachers all across the country have enjoyed not having to show up to teach students in person for the past year. To avoid ever having to come back at all, they are now bullying the CDC into continuing its fear campaign over the Chinese Virus in the hopes of keeping students at home forever.
“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,” reported the New York Post.
One of the exposed emails, sent by AFT senior director for health issues Kelly Trautner on Feb. 1, thanks the CDC for participating in a “rich discussion” about school reopening with union president Randi Weingarten. Trautner referred to the CDC in this email as a “thought partner.”
“We were able to review a copy of the draft guidance document over the weekend and were able to provide some initial feedback to several staff this morning about possible ways to strengthen the document,” Trautner’s email further admitted.
“We believe our experiences on the ground can inform and enrich thinking around what is practicable and prudent in future guidance documents.”
Walensky also spoke on the phone with Weingarten, another email shows. Weingarten is the former boss of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers. Several of the “suggestions” Weingarten made to Walensky were later adopted nearly verbatim in the final text of the CDC’s reopening guidance.
In addition to not wanting public schools to reopen, the AFT also lobbied for “special remote work concessions” for teachers “who have documented high-risk conditions or who are at increased risk for … COVID-19.”
Any excuse not to have to go back to work seems to have been the AFT’s goal, and it worked. A lengthy provision exempting teachers and even “staff who have a household member” with health risks from having to return back to class was inserted into the CDC’s guidelines.
None of this was based on “science,” of course. It was a political move by the AFT to keep its members insulated from ever again having to see all those students of theirs in person.
“What seems strange to me here is there would be this very intimate back and forth including phone calls where this political group gets to help formulate scientific guidance for our major public health organization in the United States,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco who says the CDC-AFT emails are “very, very troubling.”
“This is not how science-based guidelines should work or be put together.”
So far, this major scandal has been ignored by every mainstream media outlet besides the Post and Fox News. A media that claims to uphold “science” over all else sure is doing a poor job at rooting out the manipulative tactics of public school teachers.
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