Weeks ago, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that reopening schools is safe, along with getting children back in classrooms. Meanwhile, one study after the other shows that keeping kids away from schools is harmful; it’s hurting their emotional, social, psychological, and educational wellbeing.
Yet, despite these realities, schools remain largely closed. Teachers’ unions, a collective body known for their left-wing biases, are the driving forces behind school closures. In fact, the Biden administration is resisting opening schools for the purpose of not angering teachers’ unions.
Still, there are a lot of unhappy teachers’ unions. In fact, California’s United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) is now complaining that the statewide plan to get schools reopened equates to “structural racism.”
The UTLA on getting schools up and running again
Despite CDC recommendations and despite the presence of a coronavirus vaccine, teachers’ unions still want schools to remain closed. According to the United Teachers of Los Angeles, Governor Newsom’s billion-dollar plan to fund the safe reopening of schools is structurally racist.
In response to the Democrat governor’s plan, the UTLA released a statement. The teachers’ union alleges that “wealthier and healthier” Americans are somehow targeting teachers. After stating that the nation would react differently to COVID-19 if it were a “rich persons’ disease,” the UTLA lists its preferred guidelines for reopening.
These preferred guidelines entail the following: Los Angeles county leaving the purple tier column, a fully vaccinated staff, and “safety conditions” involving ventilation, personal protective equipment, etc.
Finally, the United Teachers of Los Angeles alleged that “white and wealthier and healthier” areas will be the greatest beneficiaries of Governor Newsom’s reopening plan. The left-wing teachers’ union also opined that funding of schools based upon their decision to reopen is a racist policy.
Growing controversy surrounding teachers’ unions
Amid the debates regarding school reopenings, teachers’ unions have come under fire. Many Americans simply just don’t believe the claims that these groups are making; meanwhile, others have reservations about teachers’ unions claiming that schools which remain closed shouldn’t lose funding.
Teachers’ unions have consistently opposed reopening schools since the debate began. Now, California’s biggest local teachers’ union is claiming that a plan to safely reopen schools is racist. Needless to say, many Americans see this matter very differently.