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CA teachers union president facing backlash for sending daughter to in-person private school



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A California parent group is calling out the hypocrisy of the Berkeley teachers union President after he was seen dropping his child off for in-person instruction despite deeming in-person schooling as “unsafe.”

Matt Meyer, president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, has said Berkeley schools should only reopen for in-person learning when educators are vaccinated and it is considered “safe.”

Guerilla Momz, a parent group advocating for the re-opening of public schools in Berkeley, Ca, uploaded a YouTube video showing Meyer dropping his daughter off for in-person learning at a private school in Berkeley.

In a statement to Fox News, Meyer said that there were “no public options for kids her age.”

“There are major differences in running a small preschool and a 10,000 student public school district in terms of size, facilities, public health guidance and services that legally have to be provided,” Meyer said to Fox News. “We all want a safe return to school. The Berkeley Federation of Teachers is excited that Berkeley Unified will be reopening soon with a plan, supported by our members and the district, to get our students back in classrooms starting later this month.”

According to Berkeleyside, the Berkeley Unified School District has reached a tentative agreement with the Berkeley Federation of Teachers to reopen public schools this spring, once district staff members are vaccinated.

The district is also coordinating a series of mass vaccination events for employees beginning February 22nd.

“This plan is the gold standard,” Meyer said, according to Berkeleyside. “Social distancing, mask-wearing, and vaccinations for adults will create the safest environment for in-person education for the end of this year.”

The Guerilla Momz group argued that the public schools have been blocked from re-opening for a year.

“The only thing keeping our schools closed is cowardice – and union donations to politicians,” Guerilla Momz said.

“[Matt Meyer] takes his child to private school every weekday while blocking Berkeley from opening schools because it is not safe.”

“Meanwhile, our children are suffering learning loss, social isolation, and mental health breakdowns.”

“Open our public schools now. Full time. In person,” Guerilla Momz demands. “Not just for your child. For every child.”

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Historic House Vote Expels Rep. George Santos Amidst Scandal



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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.

Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.

Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.

Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.

Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.

Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.

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