Fauci and teachers’ unions at odds over reopening schools

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Dr. Antoine Fauci Sunday expressed support for reopening schools after the holidays, offering advice that contradicts the push by some teachers unions to keep schools closed.

Fauci Recount ABC News host George Stephanopoulos said that despite the increase in omicron variant cases, he believes reopening schools for in-person learning is the right decision given widespread immunizations among teachers and the negative effects on students of not attending in person.

“When we have made the balance so many times over the past year on the deleterious effects of keeping children out of physical presence at school, and it is very clear that there are some really serious effects about it, ”Fauci said.

Dr Anthony Fauci participates in a call with governors across the country from the White House campus on December 27, 2021. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

“If you look at the safety of children from infection, we have most of the teachers, [an] The overwhelming majority of them are vaccinated, “Fauci continued.” We can now immunize children from 5 years and older. “

“I beg parents to seriously consider vaccinating their children, wearing masks in schools, doing tests to stay when children are infected,” Fauci added. “I think all of these things put together, it’s safe enough to get these kids back to school, outweighed by the deleterious effects of keeping them out.”

Fauci’s advice contrasts with some teachers’ unions advocating for schools to remain closed as COVID-19 cases rise amid the omicron variant.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, speaks at a press conference on October 21, 2021 in Washington.  (Paul Morigi / Getty Images for MomsRising Together)

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, speaks at a press conference on October 21, 2021 in Washington. (Paul Morigi / Getty Images for MomsRising Together)

Massachusetts American Federation of Teachers Friday published a statement questioning the safety of returning to in-person learning.

Beth Kontos, president of the federation, said, “Massachusetts public school students and their families have grappled with the uncertainty and anxiety of the COVID pandemic for two years. They have the right to know that after the holidays they are back to safety. schools. Given the ever-increasing infection rate and virulent behavior of the current COVID strain, we know they won’t. “

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“The state-provided testing tests all teachers and staff, and this should continue. It should then be followed by a period of distance learning until the current wave of infections s ‘mitigates,’ Kontos continued.

“Now is not the time to point fingers. It is time for Governor Baker and the Reilly Commission to accept that we are in the midst of an uncontrollable public health crisis that is beyond our control. recognize that returning students to school on Monday will inevitably worsen the crisis, “Kontos added.

Last week, Chicago Members of the teachers’ union have threatened to strike if their demands for coronavirus the tests for all students to return to class after winter break – or a two-week return to distance learning – are not being met.

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Over 90% of CTU members voted in favor of participating in a “teleworking action” from “the first week” after the winter break if the CPS “does not call for a distance learning period afterwards. winter vacation, “according to a press release issued Wednesday by CTU President Jesse Sharkey.

Teacher unions have become increasingly politically active in recent years, and according to Open Secrets give about 94% of their political contributions to Democrats.

Fox News’s Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.


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