Leader Of ‘Woke’ Teachers Union Blasted Over COVID School Closures

PROVO, UT - AUGUST 05: A teacher starts to reset up her classrooms at Freedom Preparatory Academy as they begin to prepare to restart school after it was closed in March due to COVID-19 on August 5, 2020 in Provo, Utah. The school is planning to have students return on August 18 for five days a week instruction, but with reduced hours during the day. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), one of the nation’s largest teachers unions, was blasted by critics for saying on Twitter that “remote education didn’t work,” with her detractors arguing she was among those pushing the hardest to keep in-person learning from returning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • “What we have seen in public education is that technology can’t replace teachers,” Weingarten tweeted last week.
  • Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request showed leading up to the CDC’s announcement of school reopening guidelines amid the COVID pandemic, the AFT successfully lobbied for language endorsing an even more cautious approach to reopening schools than the CDC was already considering

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