NEWSMAX: The White House put satisfying teachers’ unions ahead of following the science when it came to COVID-19 school-reopening guidance, a watchdog group said.
Americans for Public Trust (APT) said that emails between the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the Biden administration consulted national teachers’ unions before releasing school-reopening guidance to the public.
The emails portray the White House as an entity seeking to fully please the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers, whose leaders focused on keeping students on Zoom and their members at home.
“These emails show time and time again that the White House inserted itself into the shaping of school guidance with a primary focus of accommodating teachers unions,” APT Executive Director Caitlin Sutherland told Fox News. “However, the only thing the White House should have been focused on was how to get our children safely back into the classroom.”
The emails showed that White House staff arranged a meeting between CDC cand NEA President Becky Pringle, head of the nation’s largest teachers’ union.
It’s clear the White House was concerned with issues unrelated to public health experts’ determinations on school reopenings.
In one email, Health and Human Services (HHS) official Michael Baker wrote: “We need to think about this in the broader context of teacher contract negotiations.” Continue reading at Newsmax.