Op-Ed: Empower Parents, Not Union Leaders
Originally published at RealClearEducation
Earlier this year, the New York Post revealed that the American Federation of Teachers – one of America’s two national teachers’ unions – had heavily influenced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its drafting school reopening guidance. Last month, Fox News published “internal” emails that show the National Education Association (NEA) – the other national teachers’ union – pressuring the Biden administration to reverse its masking guidance a mere two days after the White House stated that masks were no longer necessary in schools. The White House capitulated.
This degree of influence on our politicians by a special-interest group and campaign donor should be shocking and unacceptable. Unfortunately, the control of teachers’ unions over politicians is equally pervasive at the state level. The recent bending of Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf to union demands is a key example.
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