Teacher Unions Tout Outlandish Wish List of Reopening Demands | Beaufort County Now | Eric Boehm writes at Reason.com about the disconnect between teachers unions’ current demands and actual threats COVID-19 poses to schools reopening. | john locke foundation, teacher unions, wish list, reopening demands, august 3, 2020

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Teacher Unions Tout Outlandish Wish List of Reopening Demands

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Mitch Kokai for the John Locke Foundation.

    Eric Boehm writes at Reason.com about the disconnect between teachers unions' current demands and actual threats COVID-19 poses to schools reopening.

  • As school districts across the country grapple with the question of how to safely and effectively educate students amid a pandemic, teachers unions are making increasingly ridiculous demands, some of which have nothing to do with the health or safety of students, teachers, or administrators.
  • Take the group United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). ... UTLA published a paper calling for schools to remain closed until the district could ensure adequate supplies of protective gear for teachers and students. ...
  • ... But that wasn't it. UTLA also stated that the pandemic requires an immediate moratorium on new charter schools in Los Angeles. How does that protect student or teacher safety? It doesn't, of course. If anything, the pandemic has revealed the necessity of additional educational options for parents and students. ...
  • ... Sadly, these nonsense demands are also popping up outside of California. More than 10 teachers unions-including those in Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul-have joined up with the Democratic Socialists of America to say that "schools cannot continue in this crisis without the resources our students need and deserve."
  • What sort of demands are being made? For starters, those unions want a national ban on evictions, a moratorium on charter schools, an end to voucher programs, and the abolition of standardized testing. They also want a "massive infusion of federal money"-though it is unclear how much that actually is-paid for by, of course, "taxing billionaires and Wall Street." ...
  • ... The decision to reopen schools or keep them closed is one that should be made at the local level-and it should of course take the health of teachers into consideration, also while balancing the interests of students, parents, and taxpayers. But all of that can only happen if the teachers unions are willing to bargain in good faith.

In this interminable Age of Covid, should school aged children return to school as soon as it is reasonably safe, or should they be held out of school in lieu of virtual /online education until everyone's safety is not a factor?
  School age children should return to school classrooms as soon as is urgently possible.
  School age children should return to school classrooms as soon as they are reasonably safe.
  School age Children should not return to school classrooms until everyone's safety is not a factor.
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