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Title: California Teacher Slams ‘Corrupt’ Unions For Allegedly ‘Colluding’ With CDC On School Reopenings
Source: Fox News
Author: Talia Kaplan
Date: May 5, 2021
“Rebecca Friedrichs, a 28-year California public school teacher, blasted “corrupt” teachers unions for allegedly colluding with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arguing on “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday that it’s “really predictable” that “the teachers union has been doing backroom deals with the CDC.”
The CDC and the American Federation of Teachers, one of the nation’s most powerful teachers’ unions, are under fire after a report that the union influenced CDC guidelines on school reopenings.
…The CDC had been prepared to allow in-school instruction regardless of transmission rates. But at the suggestion of the union, the guidelines were adjusted to include a provision that said, “In the event of high community-transmission results from a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, a new update of these guidelines may be necessary.”
…Friedrichs, the founder of For Kids & Country, argued that the revelations are “disturbing,” but not a surprise.
“I think it’s really, really predictable that the teachers union has been doing backroom deals with the CDC,” she said. “Why wouldn’t we expect that? Both the CDC and those teachers unions are run by government unions.”
Friedrichs argued that government unions “collude together” and “are so corrupt.”
“They are the reason that not only the CDC, but our schools are consistently incompetent,” she continued.
In a statement to Fox News, AFT acknowledged it has been “in regular touch with the agencies setting policy that affect their work and lives, including the CDC.”
…On Tuesday Friedrichs said it’s a “tragedy that the kids are not able to be in the classroom.”
“The bigger tragedy is that when they are in the classroom, the unions have corrupted our schools so much that the children aren’t getting a great education, so we all need to fight together,” she continued.
A CDC spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Fox News’ Evie Fordham and Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.”
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