Parents and students in Florida, where schools have been open since last summer, are no doubt looking north at places like Fairfax County, Va. (a suburb of Washington, DC where, arguably, a number of parents affected by prolonged school closures work in the federal government) and shaking their heads in a mixture of bewilderment and pity.
Because no matter what parents in Fairfax County — and other counties across the nation with leadership interested in appealing to the teacher unions — say about the damage prolonged school closure is doing, they’re met with nonsensical and insulting flip-flopping from the head of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Biden’s COVID advisor Saint Dr. Fauci, neither of whom can seem to make up their minds if school openings are safe and crucial, or need federal funding before they can happen.
Meanwhile, American children suffer mental health problems and possible future learning challenges as a result of missing an entire year of school.
For his part, Fauci literally says one thing one week, and its diametric opposite a few weeks later.
And the head of the CDC is no better. Last Friday, Director Rochelle Walensky had everyone hopeful as she presented guidance that suggested kids should be back in schools, and then cryptically changed her tune the following Sunday, noting the need for more “resources” before schools could reopen.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz called it like it was following the Sunday report:
According to a group in Fairfax County interested in seeing kids back in schools, Cruz was exactly right in his assessment: the unions did have a hand in Walensky’s recommendations. And the CDC’s director says she based her recommendations on suggestions from the Department of Education, whose employee, Donna Harris-Akins, helped draft them. It should come as little surprise that Harris-Akins comes to the agency after spending 14 years with the largest labor union in the U.S., the National Education Association.
What kind of leadership have the American people installed that would put the interests of a labor union before the health and well-being of the nation’s future, her children?