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Rep Scalise Calls out Biden for Getting Bulldozed by Teachers Unions, ‘Talk is Cheap’

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On Friday, Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis wrote a letter to President Joe Biden about the problematic issues resulting from Teachers Unions hijacking in-person learning and shutting down schools.

Scalise began the letter reminding the President that “On January 21, 2021, you issued Executive Order 14000 stating, ‘it is the policy of [my] Administration to provide support…for safe, in-person learning as quickly as possible.’

Then again, “On January 4, 2022, you stated, ‘[w]e know that our kids can be safe when in school…That’s why I believe schools should remain open. They have what they need.”

“On January 5, 2022, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki doubled down on your Administration’s commitment to maintain in-person learning stating, ‘we want schools to be open, the President wants them to be open and we’re going to continue to use every resource and work to ensure that’s the case.”

Despite Biden and his press secretary’s seeming commitment to the safety and educational wellbeing of children, Scalise notes the President is being stomped on by Teachers Unions. “Unfortunately, many Teachers Unions across the country disagree with you and are actively undermining in-person education. It is unclear if you are willing to stand by your statements, stand up to the Unions, and advocate for America’s children. We insist you do so.”

Scalise writes, “Teachers Unions have repeatedly jeopardized America’s children’s education and livelihoods throughout this pandemic. Even as teachers were prioritized for vaccines, many refused to return to in-person instruction. Even worse, classes for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) were abruptly cancelled on Wednesday January 5, 2022 after the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted to cancel in-person learning and refused to show up to work, despite no scientific basis for their decision.”

The letter continues with more proof:

Dr. Leana Wen, a professor of public health at George Washington University, said, ‘schools remain one of the safest places for children from a #covid19 transmission standpoint.’ Vaccines are widely available for anyone over five years of age who wants one and $190 billion was allocated to reopen schools safely. There is absolutely no reason for students to be forced to learn virtually.

Student learning loss due to remote or hybrid learning is astronomical—failing grades are rising and child suicide rates are surging. Among third through eighth graders, math and reading levels were all lower than normal this fall. The gaps were largest for Black and Hispanic students, and schools with high poverty rates. Children and teenagers are experiencing a mental health crisis of historic proportions—in fact, your own Surgeon General agrees and the American Academy of Pediatrics declared a national state of emergency in children’s mental health. Suicide attempts have risen sharply for adolescents with suicide attempts by 12 to 17 year old girls rising 51 percent from early 2019 to early 2021.These unnecessary disruptions from the CTU pose additional risks to children’s mental health, learning, and social relationships.

We agree that schools should remain open and with Press Secretary Psaki’s statement that we should “ensure that children are not enduring the mental health impact of not being in school, that there are not gaps in learning. This includes schools everywhere, including in Chicago.”

Talk is cheap unless it is backed up with strong, decisive action. It is imperative that you do everything in your power to ensure students are learning in-person so they can begin to make up all that they have lost throughout this pandemic. We stand ready to assist the Administration in any way we can to ensure our students can learn in-person.

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  1. Deryler

    January 8, 2022 at 8:50 am

    The teachers union has control over the school board Marxist in nature if a teacher wants to stay home they should use sick leave dont make your childen pay for no valor

  2. Mark Boucher

    January 8, 2022 at 10:12 am

    This Biden administration is fueled by desire of power.
    When it comes down to it, every person will stand on their convictions.
    In time each will have to defend their beliefs
    When that day comes, it will be worse than we could ever imagine.
    It is predicted in the Bible that this earth will be lawless and Godless.
    There is hope, Jesus wins.
    Hold fast to what He teaches, everything else is rags.

  3. liguide

    January 8, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    James Madison who said in a letter to W.T. Barry in 1822, “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps, both.

    • Theodora

      January 10, 2022 at 2:20 am

      Guess how Reagan would have handled teacher’s unions? Air traffic controller’s ring a bell ?

    • Jeanne D

      January 10, 2022 at 12:12 pm

      What do you think he meant by this Liguide?

  4. vinnie

    January 9, 2022 at 10:13 am

    If anyone thinks Pretender Biden’s concern is for anyone or anything else other than his or his family’s extracurricular income concerns, they are sadly mistaken, since he has proven that with his maladjusted decisions, gaffes, lies, Promises, and actions that have caused Imprisonment and Borders overrun with Illegal drugs, human trafficking, and people who are infected with communicable viruses, Americans left behind terrorist enemy
    lines, his bowing to America’s adversaries, causing the deaths of American military personnel while he makes decisions like what vacation home he’ll visit this week, what flavor ice cream, and what dog to play with!

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Biden: ‘We Need More Money to Plan for the Second Pandemic’

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There’s nothing more reassuring than a President telling Americans that no matter how much they are suffering, more is coming.

Biden was asked the question “how many of the nation’s kids will you be able to get vaccinated before you need more money from Congress?”

“We’ll get through at least this year. We, we do need more money. But we don’t just need more money for vaccines for children eventually…”

And then Biden said this harrowing statement: “We need more money to plan for the second pandemic.”

He then emphasizes, “there’s going to be another pandemic. We have to think ahead. And that’s not something the last outfit did very well; that’s something we’ve been doing fairly well” he adds before concluding, “that’s why we need the money.”

 

 

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