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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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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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