Shocking reading losses mean Weingarten has to go

I believe kids are resilient and will recover,” said the chief of the American Federation of Teachers Randy Weingarten in February 2021 when asked about nationwide educational losses due to school closures.

Now the numbers are there. And they confirm what she denied, but all parents knew: closed schools harm our children.

Because of the senseless politics Weingarten championed, our youngest students are missing crucial reading benchmarks. One study shows that about 35% of K-2 students are missing reading benchmarks, up from 21% in 2019. Another shows that less than half of students in kindergarten (47%) and 1st grade ( 48%) are on track to learn to read in the 2021-22 school year. That’s down from 55% and 58% in 2019.

Does that look like “resilience”?

The racial statistics are grimmer: Only 37% of Black first graders are “on track” to meet these literacy benchmarks in 2021, up from 51% in 2019. For Hispanics, the figure is 42%, down from 54%.

All the endless talk about “justice” by people like Weingarten was idle chatter. She and her colleagues have been enforcing rules that harm America’s most vulnerable groups.

And for nothing. Younger kids are the ones at least Risk group for COVID. And schools are not major transmission routes.

But teachers’ unions and their political lackeys conspired to keep schools closed or partially closed for no good public health reason, with Randi citing the charge.

As of the summer of 2020, she and the AFT — despite their later attempts to erase the record — were fighting bitterly to prevent schools from reopening. open despite recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. even she got the CDC to slowly advance a return to face-to-face learning in its February policy. Just last month, Weingarten suggested that masks stay up in schools until they reach them zero Transmission.

Now we see the fruit.

Chancellor David Banks speaks about the “betrayal” of children by the school system. But the same applies to Weingarten: a total breach of trust by students and parents in teachers.

If her union wants to win back parents’ trust – and it needs to do so urgently given declining enrollment in public schools – Weingarten must be kicked out immediately. No sane parent will ever believe a word out of her mouth. Shocking reading losses mean Weingarten has to go


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