Americans have repeatedly been told that it’s “all about the science” with Covid, but apparently, it’s all about the teachers unions when it comes to reopening schools.
Emails obtained by the New York Post via a FOIA request have exposed a cozy relationship between a powerful teachers union, the CDC, and White House officials. It turns out that the American Federation of Teachers put pressure on the CDC to slow down the reopening of in-person classrooms. The AFT lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even suggesting language for school reopenings.
The pressure and lobbying paid off. In two specific instances, language from the union was adopted verbatim into the final version of the CDC document.
The CDC has been dragging its feet on students returning to school even though there is insignificant Covid risk. It sure looks like the unions have influenced the CDC, and health experts are weighing in:
Dr. Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine in California, called the CDC emails “very, very troubling.”
“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.”
Of course, the CDC claims this is all routine.
Watch the CDC Director Walensky dodge the topic of reopening during a February interview with Jake Tapper:
The influential union gave $20 million in the 2020 election to Democrats.
This is exactly why Biden panders to this group. It’s all about the money and not the kids or the science.
The Five’s Jessie Waters made a great case for the fact that there was “political interference” between the teachers union and the CDC: