In 2021, even the notoriously liberal Brookings Institute was forced to acknowledge that ‘partisan politics’ and the influence of teachers unions had far more to do with when schools reopened after the Covid-19 pandemic than the actual severity of the pandemic.
Their study found that pandemic severity had no relationship to when schools reopened, and that the decision was instead made based on the share of Trump/Biden voters in the county and the collective bargaining agreements that school districts had with teachers.
Now, Republicans on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis revealed that the CDC revealed confidential documents to teacher’s unions on their school reopening guidelines. The report also alleges that the CDC allowed the AFT to insert lines in to their reopening policy, further confirming the suspicion that politics played a significant role in the CDC’s school reopening policy.
FOX News Reports–
“Republican lawmakers who sit on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis are releasing a report Wednesday revealing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official’s testimony claiming that the agency coordinated with teachers’ unions at an extraordinary level in crafting its school reopening guidance, despite the agency’s earlier claims that such coordination was routine and nonpolitical.
In the interim report, exclusively reviewed by Fox News Digital, Republicans wrote that emails between the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the White House, and the CDC showed that the AFT’s “cozy relationship with the Biden administration’s political leadership at the CDC positioned the union to impose line-by-line edits” to the reopening guidance, despite the CDC’s “past practice to keep draft guidance confidential.”
On Feb. 11, 2021 one day before the CDC publicly posted the guidance, AFT’s senior director of health issues, Kelly Trautner, emailed CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky asking her to insert the line: “In the event high-community transmission results from a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, a new update of these guidelines may be necessary.”
The emails revealed that Walensky forwarded the email to Dr. Henry Walke, director of the CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response, who then revised the guidance in accordance with AFT’s request.”